Chapter Eight Sunday, December 5, 2010 Second Sunday of Advent
Have you ever planted a crop? Maybe you have real life farm experience where a large acreage is planted, tended and harvested. Or your crop may be a single tomato plant well placed on the patio each spring. Either way, you know the joy of moving from the initial investment to the final product.
If that is the case, you will be easily captured by the parable of the sower. It is one of the best known parables of Jesus. Some seed fell on the path and was trampled. Other seed fell on rock and withered. Still other seed fell among the thorns. But (here is the Good News!) some fell on good soil and the yield was one hundred fold. Isn’t that what we all want for our lives…good soil and a plentiful crop?
The problem arrives when we are faced with rocky surfaces, trampled paths, and thorns aplenty. All of a sudden life can look a bit grim. It can even feel out of control. You might think you are about to drown when suddenly Jesus comes along and calms the raging storm and heals our spirits.
I don’t think I know a single person who has no need for healing on some level. We all long for solid steadfast health, a positive spirit, peace of mind, and wonderful relationships. Even though that is our deepest desire, we discover places in our lives where we recognize the need for healing.
Here is the really Good News: Jesus is in the healing and wholeness business! He loves good soil, strong seed, calm waters, and lives that have been transformed by the touch of his hand and the sound of his voice.
Take a moment today to reflect on your life. Identify the areas that need to be stronger. Then turn them over to the Lord. Tell someone about your prayer, for “no one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed.”
It has been a blessing to experience worship with you and the Wilson Family on this day!