Another beautiful Friday has arrived.  Hope you enjoy.   A Christian lady wanted a parrot that could talk.  She looked in several shops before finding one.  The owner told her, however, that the parrot had been previously owned by a bartender and though he could talk, he also on occasion used profanity.  She told him she would buy the parrot anyway and teach him to say only good things.  Everything went well for about a month.  He learned to say “Praise the Lord” and “Rejoice in the Lord” and a number of other Christian words and phrases.  One day she forgot to feed the parrot and when she came into the house she heard him cursing.  She grabbed him up and said, “I told you not to talk that way.  I’ll teach you never to do it again.”  So she put him in the deep freezer and shut the door.  A few minutes later she took him out and asked, “Have you learned your lesson?”  The bird shivered and replied, “Yes ma’am.”  She asked, “Are you going to talk that way anymore?”  To which the parrot replied, “No ma’am.”
About seven months went by without a bit of bad language coming from the bird’s mouth. Apparently the bird was cured of his bad habits.  Then one day she forgot to give him food and water and left the cage dirty.  When she returned home that day he had slipped back into his old habits and was cursing up a storm.  The woman grabbed him and put him in the freezer but forgot him for some time.  He had almost frozen to death when she thought of him.  She put him in his cage to thaw out.  Finally he began to move and talk a little.  So she asked him, “Did you learn your lesson?”  “Yes ma’am,” he retorted.  Then he sat there quietly for a few more minutes shivering and said, “Can I ask you a question?”   Yes she said.  The parrot said, “I thought I knew all the bad words there were to know, but just what in the heck did that turkey say!”

Scripture Reading: Luke 6:45
“The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.”

Reflection Questions:
What good treasures does your heart produce?
Who needs an encouraging word from you?
What did you learn today?

Prayer: Holy God, as I make my way through today, keep my heart filled with the assurance that you are near and encourage me to hold fast to your promise that I am not alone.  Let my heart produce goodness. Amen.