1 Corinthians 13:1-13(NRSV)

1 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast,  but do not have love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. 9 For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10 but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly,  but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Genesis 2:15 (NIV)

15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

DEVOTION – Suzanne Dixson Thomas (Georgia)

This spring I planted sweet potatoes.  The green and purple vines grew all over the garden .  Twice I cut them back.  Still they grew.  I watered the garden every day during the hot summer months.  Then one day this fall the water washed away the soil and I found a golden red pot.  What excitement I felt!  I ran a shovel and dug up the whole row. A four-foot span yielded 10 pounds of potatoes.  Those potatoes made wonderful baked goods for my family, friends, and neighbors.

Weeks later, I dug up another row in the garden and discovered more sweet potatoes!  The vines had set roots that made potatoes all over the garden.  Under the squash, the tomatoes, and the eggplant, potatoes grew.  God’s bounty is amazing.  If we tend God’s gifts and them grow, they can produce more than we ever could imagine.

A garden is one illustration of how we walk in faith, hope, and love.  We plant seeds of faith; we tend the garden with hope; we share the fruits with love.  Then God multiplies the bounty for all who receive it.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: With God, we can work to feed the world – with food and love.

LINK2LIFE: To see a photo of Suzanne and her sweet potatoes, go to devotional.upperroom.org/blog

PRAYER: O God, your works are amazing.  We want to be a part of all you are doing to care for the people of your world.  Help us.  Amen.