Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch. (1 Corinthians 5:7 NRSV)

I remember when we first moved into one of the parsonages we have lived in. A shrub by the house was pointed out. "That will take over if you don't watch it." I did more trimming and cutting on the shrub than I have on any shrub I have ever taken care of. You may have shrubs by your house that need to be pruned and trimmed or they will they will take over.

We need to clear the overgrown clutter that overtakes our lives, preventing us from being the people God wants us to be. Clearing our lives is not a once and done task but is something we must do continually to prepare for Christ's coming. The call to us is to cut back that which is ensnaring, to straighten that which is crooked, to smooth out that which is rough - to prepare the way for Christ's coming.

Dear God, I need to do some serious pruning. Guide me to your all consuming love. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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