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July 12, 2020
As we join together for worship
from wherever we may find ourselves
this weekend, we will hear a very familiar parable of Jesus from Matthew where he talks about soil and gardening. More specifically he talks about “good soil” and goes on to give examples of things that can get in the way of a seed growing up to produce a good crop.
Although I’m not preaching this weekend, as I was reading this parable I found myself humming the hymn, “Lord Let My Heart Be Good Soil”, but I couldn’t remember the words, so I looked them up. I appreciated the words even more this time because it helped me think of this parable, not in some way that accuses someone who disagrees with me as being one of the “bad” soils, but the hymn invites us to
consider what kind of soil we are today, and helps us to be open to change.
Check out the words and feel free to sing, if you’d like:
Lord, let my heart be good soil, open to the seed of your word.
Lord, let my heart be good soil, where love can grow and peace is understood.
When my heart is hard, break the stone away. When my heart is cold, warm it with the day.

When my heart is lost, lead me on your way. Lord, let my heart, Lord let my heart,
Lord let my heart be good soil.
What kind of soil do you feel like today and is it open to growing and changing to bear fruit of love and compassion? Does your heart feel cold or hard to someone, or a group of people, that you disagree with?
Does your heart feel lost or confused? May Christ, who is gardener of our lives, help us to be good soil
that is “open to the seed of your word…where love can grow and peace is understood.”
In God’s Grip,

Pastor Ellery

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