The Apple Tree

 THE APPLE TREE

How wonderful the harvest!

With softening rain you bless 

the land with growth. 

You crown the year with riches,

all you touch comes alive. 

Ps.65

You did not choose me, no, I chose you; 

and I commissioned you to go out and 

bear fruit that will last.

              John 15:17

It is to the glory of my Father

that you should bear much fruit

      and then you will be my disciples.  v.8 

Time for giving thanks now 

for all the fruit trees and flowers that brighten up our world bestowing both beauty to the earth and providing food for our table. For all that we receive from your hand we rejoice in your bountiful goodness overflowing with gifts which you entrust to our care to be good and faithful stewards of creation.

Yet how can we ‘feed the world’ with such scarce resources, so little to share?

5 loaves did the trick in the wilderness, enough for 5,000 at one sitting! 

 

Conversion is called for if we are to rise to the challenge and make a difference. 

May the restless Spirit continue to urge us on to that still outstanding promise of ‘a new heaven and new earth.’  Spur us on, we pray to a future full of hope when justice and peace will prevail and be at home in every land.

 

“If the fruit of prayer is love”, Mother Teresa found to be true,

“then the fruit of love is action.” 

 

Let it’s power move human hearts to mend the world we have torn apart 

and sing with every leaf and stone, this is our earth, this is our home.

The current global situation engenders a feeling of instability and uncertainty, which in turn becomes a seedbed for collective selfishness.Yet all is not lost: human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start. L.si’ 205.

The God who created the universe out of nothing can also intervene in this world and overcome every form of evil.  May our struggles and our concerns for this planet never take away the joy of our hope.  L.si’ 244.

We are pilgrims on a journey. We are travellers on the road. 

We are here to help each other, walk the mile and bear the load.