Friday, May 06, 2005

Hebrews 4:14-5:6

Being in the natural world is so soothing after a day at work. This week on my after-work walk, deep in thought about my day, I surprised a bunny on the path. He startled me as he bounded away, startled, and I realized that he must have been busy thinking about his day, too.

Shortly after agreeing to write this devotional I said something I regretted; a slip of the tongue. Humbled, I thought, what then shall I call this week’s effort, “Mrs. Grumpy Holds Forth?”

I turned to a devotional which my husband, a gardener, received as a gift. It is called Inheiriting Paradise: Meditations on Gardening by Vigen Guroian, and it contains spiritual reflections connecting gardening to the church year.

The part about weeding made a big impression on me. Guroian talks about how deeply imbedded some of those weeds are, like sins which take a lifetime to root out. The roots of weeds can be deep and pervasive and it seems an impossible task to get them all out as I kneel in the garden. When I am so quick to err it reminds me how likewise, my sins can be deeply rooted. So I may call this devotional, “Kneeling. Weeding.”

In life, as in the garden, kneeling is a good place for me to start. Hebrews 4:15-16 talks about finding mercy from Jesus, our great high priest, who can sympathize with my weakness. By God’s mercy, over time, He can work on the weeds which are so much a part of my makeup.

Thank You, Jesus, for being a sympathetic High Priest. Thank you for having the patience, for being willing to take the time to do all that weeding.

Linda Merola

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