Jesus said, "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 is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on 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 such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately 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 lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty." Matthew 13:18-23
It has been one of those days when the usual progression was out of whack and there was no way to put it back. The weather, which has been mild and sunny, turned cool and cloudy again. Trying to pack up and put things ready for the next stages of our lives make things more complicated. We have worked hard over the past months as a church family to replant a community of love and hope, a place where growth can happen because there is good soil and lots of encouragement. It is hard to leave knowing another will have to come and continue. Sowing seeds means sometimes having t let someone else harvest.
Jesus used illustrations that people could understand, that were common things of their daily lives. In this season of rogation we find ourselves busying ourselves with planting and growing. We pray for enough rain and sun to feed all things well. God invites us to make our prayers as much about our hearts as we do about our food. God invites us in this season to tend our attitudes and relationships so that we might yield the fruit of love.
I ask God to help me always have an open heart and mind to those given into my care. May we live as those who are good soil, always weeding out judgment and anger so love may always grow.