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Distanced Socializing Devotional- 33

Our Thursday devotion was prepared by Deb Ruhrdanz, a member of our faith community, who currently servce on our Church Trustees.

Scripture Genesis 1:11-12 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Reflection All around us Spring is coming to life. For some, this is a time to think about what will be planted in their gardens. I attended a convention in 1987 and this poem was the welcome. I have reflected upon it ever since at this time of year. Have You Planted Your Garden?

First – Plant three rows of P’s: • Peace of mind • Peace of heart • Peace of soul

Plant four rows of squash: • Squash gossip • Squash indifference • Squash grumbling • Squash selfishness

Plant five rows of lettuce: • Lettuce be faithful to duty • Lettuce be unselfish and loyal • Lettuce be obedient • Lettuce really love one another • Lettuce us obey rules and regulations

No garden is complete without turnips: • Turnip for meetings • Turnip for service • Turnip to help one another • Turn up with smiles

Water freely with patience and cultivate with love. There is much fruit in your garden. Because you reap what you sow. To conclude our garden We must have thyme: • Thyme for God • Thyme for study • Thyme for prayer • Thyme for each other

As we get ready to either plant a garden or get our flower bed/pots ready for beautiful flowers, let us reflect on what we would want others to see. Let’s keep the weeds out and let the fruit of our labors be what others see.

Prayer Heavenly father, thank you for the new, fresh life you bring every Spring. It is a time for me to remember to weed out what is unpleasant in my life and let the good grow and be fruitful. Amen.

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