Week 35   Day 7



            life in a capsule 

            awaiting germination 

            the next generation in a miniature package 

            needing someone to plant it 



            on ground so hard as to be impenetrable 

            on rocky soil so meager as to be unsustainable 

            on soil so overrun with weeds as to be overwhelmed 

            on ground so good it seems to make up for all the rest 



            the watering/taking in that wonderful sustainer of life  

            the loosening/making penetration and growth possible  

            the weeding/making room and giving light 

            the feeding/receiving the nutrients so richly provided 



            a joyful ingathering

            a job for everyone 

            a provision for today 

            a promise for the future 


            we are called to bear much fruit 

            and we go through the cycle of the seed too 

                        waiting to be born 

                        planting in a variety of soils 

                        nurturing with all the resources we have 

                        harvesting because we have been faithful to the task 


our life in Jesus 

and for each other  

            is something like the cycle of the seed 







The kingdom is like. . . seeds, yeast, fine pearls and good fish.

                                              Matthew 13


    1Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea.  2Multitudes

were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat;

and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

    3He spoke many things to them in parables, saying:  "Behold, a

sower went out to sow.  4Some seed fell by the wayside; and the

birds devoured them.  5Some fell on stony places, where they did

not have much earth; they immediately sprang up but had no depth

of earth.  6When the sun was up they were scorched, and withered

away.  7Some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and

choked them.  8But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: 

some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.  9He who has ears

to hear, let him hear!

    24"The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good

seed; 25but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares

among the wheat and went his way.  26When the grain sprouted

and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.  27So the

servants came and said, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your

field?  How then does it have tares?'  He said, 'An enemy has

done this.'  They said to him, 'Do you want us to gather them up?' 

29But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also

uproot the wheat.  30Let both grow together until harvest, then

I will say to the reapers, "First gather the tares and bind them in

bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn."'

    31"The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a

man took and sowed in his field.  32 It is the least of all the seeds;

but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a

tree, so that birds come and nest in its branches."

    33Another parable He spoke to them:  "The kingdom of

heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three

measures of meal till it was all leavened."

    44"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden

in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he

goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

    45"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking

beautiful pearls, 46who, when he had found one pearl of great

price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

     47"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into

the sea which gathered some of every kind, 48which, when it

was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered

the good into vessels, but threw the bad away."
               This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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