“Jesus also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” – Mark 4:30:
Old seeds have staying power. A 2,000 year- old Judean date palm seed is one of the oldest seeds to grow into a viable plant. It was discovered in Israel near Masada and planted in 2005.
Newly planted seeds that are nurtured have a different sort of staying power. After all, they can’t really get up and move elsewhere. And because they are seeds, God designed them to grow into a specific kind of plant. With the right amount of sun and water, they steadily grow into the best kind of plant they can possibly be.
God gave us the gift of our own choices. We don’t have to grow exactly where we were planted. Like the potential that lies in a dormant seed, God also gave us the potential to become the best people we can be. We can make lifestyle choices that nurture us – eating good food, getting exercise and rest – but God gives us another way to find nurture. We can experience God’s loving care through gathering with our church community: praying, taking communion, and talking and listening to each other.
Our nurturing community-Trinity Church- can be compared to a seed that was planted during its founding over 150 years ago. As some Episcopal churches around us have closed, we at Trinity have shown our staying power. During this time of transition, we can build up our staying power by standing together as a community. And perhaps many more “birds of the air” will come to our congregation and make their home with us.
Lay Associate for Parish Life