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THE FIG TREE HAS WITHERED
April 16th, 2014 7:03 AM



Dear Friends,

We are now in the middle of Holy Week, where many of us are yearning for our prayers to be answered in an environment that has strained our resources, and has created challenges unknown in times past. We indeed recognize the gratitude of small graces that offer sustenance in a world swirling around us, never knowing when we can get off and take a deep breath.
Modern times creates its own inertia, its own energy, and one is compelled to pull away from the chaos which cultivates a zone of chronic stress, torment and fatigue. Disappointment, health concerns, financial obligations, daily news relating to violence or scandal, and the simple quest of just living honorably, can develop a mindset where insecurity or sadness can envelop our senses.
Melancholy can linger if you live alone without companionship or dependent on others to perform basic necessities. One does not need to be bedridden in a convalescent home or hospice to lament the circumstances. One can live under the same roof with a spouse or partner and attempt to overcome despondency, triggered from a loveless marriage or separation from lack of intimacy. 
Many persons we meet during the day might have a smile on their face but when the spotlight dims, the true association of reality can be overwhelming.

SLICE OF LIVES
I have a dear friend that I've known for over 30 years. She just turned 80 last October. My friend lives on a fixed income and there are times her pantry and refrigerator are bare. Her health has also diminished during the past 18 months. I call her every so often to ask how she's been. "I woke up this morning!" is the response I hear from her on most occasions. There are times her enthusiasm for life under such trying conditions, literally brings me to tears. After our heartfelt conversations, I remind myself once again, that my problems are not worthy of comparison.

I had a client that lost his condominium through foreclosure last year. This gentleman came to us for help, as a family member recommended our company for assistance in this matter as we were successful in postponing the 'sale date' of his home. This gave him the time to negotiate a settlement with the bank and he was finally able to save his property.
Unfortunately, the family member he referred to us, lost his condominium, as the bank would not cooperate and insisted on having all payments in arrears be paid in full. I was distressed at the outcome, and all the fees that he paid to our sources were promptly refunded.
When I met with him that particular day, he drew my attention, motioning for me to see him, as he was standing near his SUV.
When he opened the back door, he had a mattress, pillows, a few blankets and pajamas neatly folded, all laid undisturbed. This man was living in his vehicle, in a parking lot where the main business location is a coffee shop. Witnessing all of this was greatly disturbing to me. This man knew I was truly distraught in seeing him this way but he gave me a hug and comforted me. Afterwards, I bought him a cup of coffee and discussed the plans he had for his future. He did not have any answers, but he was full of optimism that events in his life, in time, would gradually improve. After I left, I pulled to the side of the road to collect my thoughts. I sat in silence.


THE FIG TREE
There are several passages in Scripture that jump out and require a time for reflection. I am not a theologian, but my interpretation of the events in which Jesus cursed the fig tree, reveals the circumstances we as a nation, find ourselves today.
It is my understanding the withered fig tree can be portrayed as a metaphor for the events that transpired in Israel during this period of time. There was continuous conflict, brought about by moral and ethical abuses of power by corrupt and unyielding government officials. With the support of their accomplices, the absence of fruit on the fig tree and the withering of its roots establishes the symbolism of a society, unable or unwilling to recognize righteous principles.

In Mark 11:20-25, the passage reads: "Early next morning, as they passed by, they saw that the fig tree had withered from the roots up; and Peter, recalling what had happened, said to him, 'Rabbi look, the fig tree which you cursed has withered.' Jesus answered them, 'Have faith in God. Truly I tell you: if anyone says to this mountain, "Be lifted from your place and hurled into the sea," and has no inward doubts, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. I tell you, then, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours. 'And when you stand praying, if you have a grievance against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you the wrongs you have done.'
In Matthew 21:22 the passage reads: 'Whatever you pray for in faith you will receive.'

These passages of Scripture offers us an instruction. Having faith is the main requirement that has the capacity to lift ourselves from bondage and the scourge of depression. The burdens promulgated by hatred, greed and deception are conquered, once we believe and have no doubts, in the power of prayer. 
When we as a nation value the lives of our family, friends and neighbors by our devotion to an undying faith that can move mountains, our destiny is fulfilled. While the plight of the 2 portrayals mentioned earlier are examples of lives all too common in today's America, their painful condition need not have taken place.
 
When all of us have the time to discuss our future, one can only hope the voices of reason will triumph. 
This is the week that can give us the inspiration to pray in faith for rewards that will lift our hearts, motivate our compassion for others and forgive those that have injured us.



We wish you a Happy Passover and a Happy Easter!

Thanks Again   


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