Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI

Reflection for Feb. 28, 2016

Like an optimistic gardener, God is always working on us

"For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?" (The gardener said to the owner,) "Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down." -- Luke 13:6-9

by Sister Renee Delvaux

Have you ever attempted to revive an "almost dead" potted plant? You pamper it along with new soil, plant food, proper watering, just the right sunlight. Yes, you give the plant a boost and a second chance. As plant lovers suggest, you then talk to it and wait … patiently!

God is truly the gardener in our lives. He is constantly pruning, watering, and fertilizing us so we can produce fruit. He talks to us in many subtle and not so subtle ways!  He never gives up on us, never condemns or rejects us. Even with all of our weakness and failures, he still works in us to make us more fruitful. God is filled with the ultimate compassion and love for us.


Loved your "Spring-ee" reflection. Have a great growing season.

Encouraging words and thoughtful questions! Thank you for a lovely reflection.

Beautiful spring like reflection on a beautiful
spring like day. Thank you Sister Renee

Thank you Sister Renee for an encouraging message & questions to ponder during this Third Week of Lent.

As one who has brought plants back to life, the symbolism of God working in us is not lost: No matter how long, or how dead we may seem!

Thanks, Renee, for the timely reflection. Aren't we fortunate to have so many 'second' chances from our God?


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