What is the spiritual equivalent of good dirt? Answer: humility. Just as trees wither and die without good soil, our soul will not grow without humility. With that soil in place, roots can form in the earth, and as they grow deep and strong, the tree moves out of the ground and toward the light.
—Christopher Maricle, Deeply Rooted: Knowing Self, Growing in God (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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“Some [seeds] fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.” As [Jesus] said this, he called out, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”
—Luke 8:8 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, give me the humility to know that I am a growing work in progress. Give me grace and understanding to see the growth in those around me. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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