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sowingAny gospel story about farmers or others growing things is always heartening to me as I become more and more conscious of the beauty and the things of earth. The lessons are generally easy to discern as well. This morning there was a verse in the long parable about the sower and the seed (LUKE 8:4-15) that not only stood out but gave me a comforting insight. It was at the end of the text.

As for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.

The text says nothing about perfect flowers or just enough color or the admiration of everyone for a successful crop. It’s rather about generosity, goodness and perseverance. It can’t get any better than that!