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Lenten Growth

By Kelly Adamson, Director of Residence Life Ministry & Director of Campus Ministry Graduate Assistant Program

Perhaps it’s the weather rollercoaster we are on and my love of God’s creation and gardening, but I’m struck by the metaphors of growth in the readings for Sunday, February 27th. As we prepare for Lent, let’s ponder the call to growth we hear in these readings and let the Holy Spirit guide our Lenten practices.

A word of caution from Jesus as we begin though, let each of us notice the beam in our own eyes first.

“The fruit of a tree shows the care it has had.”
The fruit of your spiritual life shows the care and attention it is given.
How do you nourish your prayer life?

“The just one shall flourish like the palm tree…”
You will flourish when you choose to live for the kin-dom of God.
How do you practice God’s just love and mercy?

“People do not pick figs from thorn bushes,
nor do they gather grapes from brambles”
Every choice I make cultivates in me and the type of fruit I bear in the world.
What choices do I make with my time, my energy, my money?
What fruit do I bear because of those choices?


May each of us spend Lent cooperating with God’s grace as we seek growth in our relationship with God. May our faithfulness to our Lenten practices bear good fruit. May we flourish when the Easter season comes.

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