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The Gardener

  • Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?" She, supposing him to be the gardener, said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to him, "Rabboni!" which is to say, "Teacher!" John 20:15-16 WEB.

    Mary Magdalene came to the tomb of Jesus early in the morning to grieve but found the stone had been rolled away, and His body was gone. Then as she turned around, a man was standing there whom she didn't recognize. Mary thought that He was the gardener. Yet, when He called her by her name, she knew that it was Jesus. He calls His sheep by name, and they know His voice (John 10:3).

    Mary wasn't far off, for God has done His share of gardening. He planted the original garden of Eden. Jesus often met with His disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane (John 18:1). The empty tomb they were standing by was in a garden. The parables of Jesus tell of a caretaker that prunes and fertilizes (John 15:2, Luke 13:6). The Lord knows how to make things grow.

    Yet, sometimes the Lord can be working in our lives, and we don't recognize Him. Then later, we realize that it was Him. Jesus said that His sheep would recognize His voice (John 10:3). He is always there to care for us with fertilizing to make us grow or pruning us back to make us bear more fruit (John 15:2).

    We often see it from the plant's perspective, and being pruned isn't fun. We can see no logical reason why the gardener would be cutting off our branches. That person standing in front of you, building you up, or tearing you down, may be sent by the Lord to help you along. Trust the gardener, for He has your best interest at heart. You are going to be better off in the long run.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for taking care of me, and I put my trust in You. Your way is the best, and You understand the seasons of growing and pruning. I am in Your hands. Please have Your way in my life. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonardedited: July 10, 2021

Lots of Pruning.  !!!  He knows what's best for us..,

Last Night at about 6:30 a friend and member of Living Waters Church, Naples, Tx. Gregg died. Pray for His family and friends. May The Lord Have Mercy on Him.

Thank You All...

 

July 10, 2021
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

Prayers for his family and friends. Amen 

July 10, 2021
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Prayers for him and his family to have comfort and peace, Amen.

July 10, 2021
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Lord, I lift up Gregg's family and friends for comfort through this grieving time. Bring peace to their hearts, Lord. Thank you. In Jesus' name, Amen

July 10, 2021
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

GOD BLESS GREG SOUL.  Praying for comfort and condolence for his family.

July 10, 2021
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you my God in the name of Jesus Amen 

July 10, 2021
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: July 10, 2021

Amen. Dear Heavenly Father, bless us all with your goodness and grace. May your will be done on this earth as it is in Heaven.  AMEN

July 10, 2021
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

July 10, 2021
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I thank You for taking care of me

July 10, 2021
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

AMEN!!

July 10, 2021
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

July 10, 2021
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for loving and caring for us.We love you. Amen 

July 10, 2021
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

July 10, 2021
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

In jesus name amen 

July 10, 2021
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask,Amen. 

July 10, 2021
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen

July 10, 2021
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father, I thank You for taking care of me, and I put my trust in You. Your way is the best, and You understand the seasons of growing and pruning. I am in Your hands. Please have Your way in my life. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

July 10, 2021
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

So very true in my life, Pastor Dion! Pruning and fertilizing--powerful tools in the hands of the Master Gardener! Lord, thank You for taking care of me, and I put my trust in You. Amen

July 10, 2021
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for giving us Your Son Jesus, trim the branches in us so we can grow in You. Help us in every situation we confront, lead and bless all of us to fulfill Your will. In Jesus Christ name we pray, Amen. 

Pastor, thank you for this message and God bless you and Sylvia, Amen. 

July 10, 2021
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Thank You Father For All Of Your Blessing Amen 

July 10, 2021
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

July 10, 2021
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

July 10, 2021
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

July 10, 2021
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen and amen!

July 10, 2021
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Roseann Rivas
Roseann Rivasedited: July 14, 2021

 Amen 

July 14, 2021