Read Matthew 13: 24-30
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning.
For several years, wild violets have grown in part of my
herb garden. Then it finally occurred to me that violets are
weeds. They may be beautiful, but I was allowing them to sap
the vital nutrients from the soil to the detriment of my herbs.
I had compromised the integrity of my garden for the sake of
Sin, like weeds, can come into our lives beautifully packaged and seemingly harmless. But it robs us of the spiritual
nutrients we need to grow. I wondered, Where have I
compromised my spiritual life by letting sin grow? What
pretty package did it come in? For starters, I like to think
I am self-sufficient. I don’t always ask God for
guidance, and sometimes I forget to read my Bible.
Thankfully, God provides new mercies every morning
and forgives me. Just as I pulled out the violets that prevented
my herbs from growing to their full potential, with God’s guidance, we are able to make
choices and to change
behaviors so that we will
no longer compromise our
Prayer: Gracious God, forgive our failings. Help us to uproot
sin from our hearts and minds and use our hands, feet, and
voices to spread your good news. Amen.
Lynne Jamison (Pennsylvania)
Prayer Focus: GARDENERS
— Lamentations 3: 22-23 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
How do the compromises and
choices I make impact my