thought for the month

Here, every month a different contributor will give a different perspective on faith

Thought for the month of April

I am sitting here watching the daffodils blowing in the wind and thinking to myself how incredible nature is.  Two days ago I was sitting in my garden with the sunshade up enjoying a cup of tea with a friend that we hadn’t seen for over six months because of ‘lock-down’ restrictions.  This friend lives on his own but joins us every Sunday for our Zoom Service.

Today there is a very chilly wind blowing and we wouldn’t want to be out in the garden but nature takes the weather in its stride and carries on.  The birds are flying here there and everywhere picking up bits of this and that to make their nests and will soon be sitting on their eggs and hatching out baby birds.  Then our garden will be full of little fledglings hopping about learning from mum how to catch gnats and other juicy morsels.  I remember watching a baby Jackdaw last year, nearly as big as mum but still hopping about with its mouth open waiting for her to pop something in it.

The baby frogs in our pond will soon be making their way down into the coppice and I often wonder where they go and what they do. But in a few months the older ones will come back and spawn in the pond again so the cycle can start all over again.

Then as all the flowers burst into life it will be evident that they have increased in number because their seeds from last year fell on the good soil and they have multiplied.  Thinking about seeds falling on good soil reminds me of the Parable of the Sower – Matthew 13 v 1-9

Jesus sat at the lakeside and began to teach but the crowd that gathered around Him became so large that He got into a boat and sat in it while the crowd stood on the shore.  He used parables to tell them many things. “Once there was a man who went out to sow grain.  As he scattered the seed in the field some of it fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  Some of it fell on rocky ground, where there was little soil.  The seeds soon sprouted, because the soil wasn’t deep.  But when the sun came up, it burned the young plants; and because the roots had not grown deep enough, the plants soon dried up.  Some of the seed fell among thorn bushes, which grew up and choked the plants.  But some seeds fell in good soil, and the plants bore grain:  some had one hundred grains others sixty, and others thirty.”  And Jesus concluded, “Listen, then, if you have ears!”

Later Jesus’ disciples asked Jesus what this all meant and He explained the Parable of the Sower – Matthew 13 v 18 – 23

Listen, then, and learn what the parable of the sower means.  Those who hear the message about the Kingdom but do not understand it are like the seeds that fell along the path.  The Evil One comes and snatches away what was sown in them.  The seeds that fell on rocky ground stand for those who receive the message gladly as soon as they hear it.  But it does not sink deep into them, and they don’t last long.  So when trouble or persecution comes because of the message, they give up at once.  The seeds that fell among thorn bushes stand for those who hear the message; but the worries about this life and the love for riches choke the message, and they don’t bear fruit.  And the seeds sown in the good soil stand for those who hear the message and understand it: they bear fruit, some as much as one hundred, others sixty, and others thirty”.  (Taken from the Good News Bible)

 How many people do you know like these seeds?  Have some of your friends heard the Good News about Jesus, but chosen to ignore what they heard or joined you for a short time in Church, then fallen away or are they still excited by what they have learnt and are helping to tell others the Good News?

During the past months many people have turned to the Church for prayer and help.  Let us pray that they will be like the ‘good seed’ and stay faithful to Our Lord Jesus who is the only one that can fill that ‘missing piece in our hearts!