The Upper Room 22 April 2022 Devotional (Friday)
Read and Meditate on The Upper Room Daily Devotional for Friday 22nd April 2022 written by John Sawyer. God bless you as you study His Word!
THE UPPER ROOM 22 APRIL 2022 FRIDAY DEVOTIONAL
John Sawyer (South Carolina, USA)
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Today I will sow seeds of kindness, then wait and hope for joyful growth.
[Jesus] also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow.” – Mark 4:26-27 (NRSV)
In my retirement I have found that planting flower and vegetable seeds is a good way of relating to God and creation. Planting can be a time of meditation as I prepare the soil and plant or scatter the seeds. Then comes the patient waiting and hoping for the germination and sprouting of the seeds, followed by the joy of seeing the seeds turn into plants, with buds, blooms, and fruit.
Growing relationships is a lot like gardening. We sow seeds of kindness through seeing every person as one created in the image of God and thus kin to us. We sow words of kindness by speaking the truth in love. We do deeds of kindness by actively treating every person with compassion and respect — as we would like to be treated. Thinking about all this led me to Jesus’ parable of the sower. In the parable, the sower scattered the seed everywhere, regardless of the condition of the soil. We can do likewise. Then, as with gardening, we watch, wait, and hope for joyful growth in our relationships with others and with God.
Help us, God, to be generous in our thoughts, words, and deeds to everyone we meet today. Then may your love bring a harvest of loving and reconciled relationships. Amen.
Someone I have treated unkindly
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