All Saints Messenger - November 2, 2017

posted Nov 13, 2017, 9:59 AM by Church Secretary
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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for THURSDAY, November 2

Matthew 13:23  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 hundred fold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.

My daily commute takes me through Louisiana farmland. The state boasts rich, fertile soil, perfect for cotton, corn, sorghum, and other crops. Overflowing rivers and bayous have deposited their nutrient-rich sediments on this land for millennia. Farmers since before the marking of time have tended fields.
Our hearts, souls, and minds are the soil within which Jesus sows the seeds of good news-that God loves us, each one of us, without reservation. When these seeds of love take root, they bear fruit and change the way we treat those around us. We receive everyone we meet as God's beloved.

Our spiritual soil is never barren, though it may be rocky, shallow, or overgrown for a season. But Jesus constantly tends and nurtures us with word and sacraments, through other people, and all of creation. Jesus persistently and patiently prepares us to receive and share his love. The sower's work is never in vain.

MOVING FORWARD: Visit a local farmers' market to enjoy the last fruits of this year's harvest.