Wednesday January 21 2015

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A Season of Transition, a Season of Prayer — Please join us each day at 11:30 a.m. in offering a personal but collective prayer for our congregation. Today’s focus for prayer is:  Our Billingsville Leadership Academy, assisting children in Grier Heights with tutoring and classroom assistance.

Scripture: Mark 4:1-20
Key verse: 9 And he said, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”

Reflection: I like control.  When things don’t go according to my plan, I can accept that.  But I want to make adjustments—control things—to guarantee success.  The thought of not being in control drives me to distraction. (I’m trying to control that, too.)

So when Jesus says “Let anyone with ears to hear listen,” I am all in.  My ears are open to hear what I need to do to be a good disciple / husband / co-worker / colleague / etc.

He told this parable about a sower who planted seeds by throwing them all around.  Some of them fell on the dry, packed dirt of the path and were eaten by birds.  Some fell on rocky ground and couldn’t take root.  Some fell among thorns which choked out the growing plants.  But some fell on the good soil and produced an amazing harvest.

I, of course, wanted to know how I could be the good soil so that seeds planted in me would be successful.  Then my ears began to tingle.  Maybe the parable is not about what kind of ground you are, but about the reality of sowing seeds.  In spite of our best efforts, most of the time our endeavors yield little result.  But occasionally, even though we have been sowing seeds a long time, we are surprised by the results.  Something, someone, other than the thrower of seeds is at work tending and nurturing the soil to enable the seeds to grow.  And that’s out of my control.

I have ears.  I am trying to listen.

Prayer:  God of sower and seed, famished and fertile soil, you know we like to be in charge, especially of things “out there.”  Open our ears to listen for and hear your guidance and grace.  Give us trust that some of what we do will fall on your good soil.  In the name of the God of seeds, soil, and sowers.  Amen.

Author: Von Clemans

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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