April 29, 2010
The Lord be with you
Once there was a briar growing in the ditch. A man came with a spade, and as he dug around it, the briar said, “What is he going to do with me? Doesn’t he see that I am worthless? In spite of that, the gardener dug up the briar and planted it in his garden among the finest flowers. Again the briar thought, “What a mistake to plant a good-for-nothing briar among such beautiful flowers.” But the man, having planted the briar, went away, never heeding the words. After some time he returned with a sharp knife, made a small slit in the briar, and grafted onto it a flower. In due time on that old briar bush began to bloom a great number of fragrant, beautiful flowers. Then the gardener said to the briar bush: “Your present beauty is not due to what came out of you, but what I put into you.” (Catechetical Helps, Revised and Expanded, 122, Concordia Publishing House)
So it is with the briar, so it is with us. Praise God for his grace in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert