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Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Friday, March 18, 2022  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  Luke 6:43–45

“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.” (NRSV)

I am sitting in a coffee shop as I write this. A new coffee shop I have not been to before. The décor and music are not my style. There is a fake bat hanging over the drink counter. The names of the coffee blends are ones I would not repeat at church. But I am pet sitting around the corner and a friend had mentioned being curious about the place, so I thought I would check it out.

Having finished my drink and being no closer to finishing this devotional, I was about to pack up my bag and try for a more inspiring setting. Or at least get home before the snow gets much worse. Then a woman walked in. She walked up to the counter, had a brief interaction, and the barista smiled and nodded and disappeared to the back room. A few minutes later she returned with brand-new gloves and socks that she gave the woman along with a hot cup of coffee. My opinion of the coffee shop changed. Good fruit only comes from good trees. If I am going to buy a $4 coffee, I am gratified to know it is at a place that bears good fruit. It reminds me of the Imperfect Produce, the company that sends you cheaper produce that may look a little funny—and so it wouldn’t sell in a grocery store—but that tastes just fine.

Our actions speak; they reflect who we are. So often we get caught up in surface-level issues and ignore the heart of the issue. What have my actions said about me today? Have I put as much thought into my daily actions as I have my appearance this morning? 

Loving God, help me to bear good fruit. Help me to see people through the fruit that they bear. May my fruit reflect your unconditional love and understanding. Amen. 

Written by Katie Patterson, Youth Ministry Program Manager

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