Author: Lisa Graas
•3/11/2003 09:54:00 AM
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If you are having a particularly difficult time with depression, you cannot pass up today's readings. They are highly readable today and have much to say about the hope that we have in God.

God's word shall not return to Him void. He has provided that life shall spring from the barren soil through His Word (Jesus Christ) because His Word makes the barren soil fertile and fruitful. Christ has achieved the end for which God sent Him, making each of us fertile soil.

The Psalm says in part:

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.

Be not afraid because it is when we are in our deepest sufferings that we are closest to God.

The Gospel reading includes the Lord's Prayer. Many times I pray the Lord's Prayer when I am unable to think clearly due to my illness. It is a reminder of the relationship we must have toward each other as well as a plea to God for His divine help.

"If you forgive men their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men,
neither will your Father forgive your transgressions."

There is a direct relationship here between our forgiveness of others and God's forgiveness of us. May we all learn to be fertile soil by forgiving each other and by doing God's will in all aspects of our lives.

God bless you.

Love from Lisa
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