Look at this! – This weeks Vicar’s thought 6th July

Look at this!

Just one seed, yes one seed, produces a flower head with over 20 petals (I tried to count!); and well, how many seeds do you reckon!? (answers please!)

Today’s theme is seed planting – one of Jesus’s own favourites. For the truth is unless we plant seeds nothing grows – it’s no use leaving the seed bag on the shelf! Today we celebrate the raising of £300 by our young people over the last many months to go via the locally based charity ‘Send-a-Cow’ (welcome Alan!). It’s in support of 10 African families to help get going with farming that is sustainable for them. We think it’s also a visual illustration of a very different kind of seed planting that we all need as human beings. Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens.” [1] But happen it does! His apostle St Paul also wrote, ‘Remember – a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.’ [2] The true fruits of God’s Kingdom are beautiful, ‘love, joy, peace…..’ [3] . Jesus Christ came to bring us new life, new hope, new fruit. Those African families will be planting seed – will you plant in Jesus’s Kingdom, in his ground, his seed in your life?

[1]Mark 4.26-27 [2] 2 Corinthians 9.6 [3] read a whole list in Galatians 5.22-23