Unproductive? Like the fig tree from today’s Gospel reading from Luke 13?
I have had difficulty with this parable for years. For some reason – probably because I am rather dense – the best I can do with it is think of God’s patience with me (and by application, with all of us).
Dear God, thank You for Your patience with me. Help me be as patient with others. Please.
When I think of control, I think of music, and musicians.
Musicians need to control a great many things as they make music. Pitch, volume, intonation, facility, and much more. I’ve been blessed to work with many musicians! Making music together is truly a marvelous experience.
Many classes, teachers, mentors and individuals assisted in my formation. Including 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education. (Shout outs to Revs. Romy, Peter, Caroline and Mary, my CPE supervisors!) And, of course, appreciation to all 4 groups.
Yes, I spent many years in formation, and haven’t stopped yet! Thank You, Jesus, that You haven’t gotten fed up with me, either.
Yesterday was the anniversary of my ordination, March 15, 2017. What a wonderful day to remember! Certainly, a day for me to affirm the direction my life has taken for the past 20 years. My anniversary, or ordiversary (as the wonderful group RevGalBlogPals says!). Praise God for direction. ##lentensnapshots2022