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Flourishing on Spiritual Food
by Deborah Lonergan
02/14/07
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Spider plants are resilient wonders of the plant world that give black thumbs like me hope. I noticed my three air cleaners were looking like dried flowers-only natural after over a month of no water! So I put them in the sink and gave them each a drink and a stick or two of plant food. Miraculously (just like the name says) within a couple of hours the color was more vibrant. The next day after the food had time to seep into the roots the leaves perked up and within days more baby sprouts appeared.

I thought how similar we humans are to these prolific little houseplants. We can survive for months, some for years without any spiritual food or drink. Something happens and we may decide to talk with God, we may even attend church. Thatís like a sprinkling of holy water, part of us begins to come alive but we donít morph into new creatures. We return to church and prayer hoping for some magic formula to revive our dried up spirit. Then it happens, some teaching or scripture finally enters our hearts. As we digest this Spiritual food our body, mind and spirit revive and begin to flourish. The nourishment of Godís food transforms our dried, listless lives into vibrant new creations.

Yet, no matter how vibrant a new creation we become we can not continue to exude Godís vibrance without a regular dosing of His food and drink. Godís word provides the nourishment we need to burst forth and become prolific Christians, sprouting new Christian babies. Our Christian community provides the grooming we need to stay vibrant.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (New International Version)
17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Prayer:
For those struggling to find the right food for their spirit we pray that the Lord provides us with His food to penetrate the roots of our lives to allow us to blossom into new creations.



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