Advent 2022: Sunday, December 18

December 18, 2022

I was recently reading the Parable of the Sower from a wonderful book of the Gospels I have (KJV). In Matthew 13, Jesus is described as sitting among the multitudes, where he told them, among other things, the Parable of the Sowers, describing the importance of the ground on which seeds are sown.

“Some fell upon stony places with not much earth … and they sprung up because they had no deepness of earth… and when the sun was up they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away”

~ Matthew 13:5,6

Additionally, seeds which fell among thorns, were choked out by the thorns and died. 

“But others fell into good ground and brough forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixty-fold, some thirtyfold.”

~ Matthew 13: 8

This Parable reminded me the importance of our foundation. How stable and strong is the belief that sustains me? How faithfully do I add good soil to stabilize and nourish what seeds I grow on this earth? Do I cast my seeds on fertile soil, or on barren stones? The answer is probably both.

We dwell in God’s amazing garden! I hope to learn to be a “sower” who can bear some fruit.

Christmas is a time that reminds me of the incredible stronghold, foundation and amazing nourishment the birth of our Savior represents. His “birth to earth” represents entirely that God has planted the best seed to nourish our world and our faith, and he prepared, sacrificially, the soil to sustain us through his Son! 

Jude Mitchell, church lady