“Hear then the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” Matthew 13:18-23
Abundance (to Mark - on the occasion of our 37th anniversary)
We have charted undiscovered waters together
we have raised our dancing girls together
we have wept and laughed into the night
and planted our gardens where ever we found home.
A young woman and man with hope together
forged a life a community a family
strong and wild with water and spirit
together we found abundance in one another.
No storm of fury has undone us
no disease or injury has torn us apart
we are soil and light, food and water
for each other and we never stand alone.
It rains and snows and we move ahead
planning our spring gardens our new home
our life ahead without fear and foreboding
where there is love there is abundance
richness beyond measure in your eyes.
Today more than ever we are together
walking slower but laughing all the more
we are rich and blessed with love all around
and God has given us the increase together
whenever we seek love and plant the seeds
of hope and mercy together.