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“Christ has no body now but yours,
no hands, no feet on earth but yours,
yours are the eyes through which he looks
with compassion on this world.
Yours are the feet with which
he walks to do good.
Yours are the hands with which
he blesses all the world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”

Teresa of Ávila (1515–1582)

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They will be called Oaks of Righteousness, planted by the Lord to glorify himself. They will rebuild the ancient ruins; they will restore formerly deserted places; they will renew ruined cities, places deserted in generations past.

Isaiah 61:3b-4

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We have been planted by God to glorify God. Planted by the Lord! I do not have a green thumb. I’ve killed every houseplant I’ve owned; however, my friend Nick has a marvelously green thumb. Originally, his yard was a barren wasteland. Within a couple of years, it became a Garden of Eatin’ with apple and pear trees, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries … in abundance.

We have been planted by the Lord. As we bloom, grow, and bear fruit, we are to glorify God. How? Isaiah says we are to rebuild, restore, and renew.

As my friend Nick knows, growing takes the right environment and time. We can cultivate our environment by Bible study, prayer, church attendance, fellowship groups, and other ways. We can cultivate our habits to incline us in the patterns of rebuilding, restoring, and renewing — first in small ways, then more.

We are to bring glory to God and display God’s glory. Whether we’re at school, at home, or at work, we can bear God’s fruit: glorious love, mercy, reconciliation, and new life.

Gail Jackins

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Glorious God, help me grow the fruit you planted in me. May I be a bountiful garden for you. Thank you for using me to rebuild, restore, and renew your creation around me. Amen.

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Let’s put our love into action.

“They’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

Peter Scholtes, “They’ll Know We Are Christians,” 1966

Gail Jackins

Gail Jackins grew up in northern Maine, so her friends refer to her as a Mainiac. She has a B.S. from the University of Maine at Orono and an M.Ed from Boston College. She is a lifelong Episcopalian who enjoys PBS, knitting, Jello, and children. Her favorite songs are from the era of Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin, yet she loves to listen to organ concerts at churches. She is a minister at St. Cuthbert's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas.

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