A sower went forth to plant a seed. In life, there are cycles of planting and growing and harvesting. …The imaginative power of these parables of Jesus is that they speak to us in different seasons of our lives and in different ways. Surely, we have been the hard ground that God’s love could not penetrate. We have been enthusiastic about something, but we soon lost passion and energy. Or we found a focus, and then the worries and concerns of the world distracted us. …
And then, at times, and all by God’s grace, we have been the good soil. God blessed us; God blessed others through us.
—Kenneth H. Carter Jr., A Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Scriptural Imagination (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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The seed scattered on good soil are those who hear the word and embrace it. They bear fruit.
—Mark 4:20a (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Give us grateful hearts, our Father, for all thy mercies, and make us mindful of the needs of others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
From the Book of Common Prayer
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