tender

Mark 13:28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near.”

This verse struck me recently. Jesus says that a season of fruitfulness—summer—will be near when the branch becomes tender. (Good news for us Minnesotans…)

A tender branch in spring refers to a branch that is full of sap (Strongs). Sap will run in spring, coming from having a good root structure, bringing nourishment to the branches. And often, even making its way to drip on the outside of the tree. It is then that the good branch will produce fruit. As our roots grow deeper into Him, and the love we first get and then give, our season of fruitfulness is near.

It may also suggest the same when we as a church become tender, nourished by the mightiest Father, yet loving as the sweet Son, that summer, the warm and fruitful season, will be near. We are called to open our hearts and be compassionate, loving, and extend grace and mercy—and Hm!—to those around us. That is when Jesus will come. I’m eager to see more of Him!

Nourished in Him. Offering the tenderest love to those around us! Sprouting leaves and fruit. Can the harvest be far behind?

May the Lord bless you and keep you…giving you peace!

sue
Only believe.

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    • Carolyn
    • November 7th, 2011

    Loved this one, Sue. Just what I needed. 🙂

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