Scripture: Matthew 13:18-23
Key verse: (23) 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.”
Reflection: In Vacation Bible School this summer, one of the parables we told was the Parable of the Sower. We learned that Jesus told a story about a man who went out to sow. Some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate the seed. Some seed fell on rocky ground, and sprouted, but when the sun came out it withered away since it had no root. Some seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plant. But some seeds fell on good soil and brought forth an abundant harvest. Jesus explained that the seed is the word of God. And just like good soil is different from a path, or a rocky place, or a thorny place, people receive the word of God in different ways. When someone hears the word and understands it, a great harvest is produced.
With the children we focused on the amazing love of God that is thrown around everywhere. God is generous and extravagant in sharing the word. When we listen to God’s word, and learn to love like Jesus did, that love can grow and grow in us, and in the world. May we be like good soil, so that the word of God takes root in us and grows until it spills out to all who need to experience it.
Prayer: Lord, you throw your love around in generous ways that amaze me. May your word take root in me. May it find my heart to be a rich and fertile place. May your word grow in me abundantly, and your love spill over into all the world. In the name of Christ, I pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[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].