Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalms 126:1-6; Philippians 3:8-14; John 8:1-11
A fable tells of an ancient Persian King who wanted to discourage his four sons from making rash judgments…
At his command, the eldest made a winter journey to see a mango tree. When spring came, the next oldest was sent on the same journey. Summer followed and the third son went. Finally, after the youngest had made his visit in the autumn the King called them together and asked them to describe the tree.
The first son said it looked like a burnt stump. The second disagreed, describing it as lovely — large and green. The third son declared its blossoms were as beautiful as roses. The fourth said that they were all wrong. To him it was fruit — like a pear.
“Well,” the old King said, “each of you is right.” Seeing the puzzled look in his sons’ eyes, the King went on to explain. “You see, each of you saw it in a different season, thus all of…