by Beth A Richardson on July 11, 2014 · 2 comments

The Parable of the Sower

Friday, July 11. Read “The Gardener” (p. 34). We often think of sprouting but not pruning as evidence of transformation. In what way have you experienced pruning as a gift? As a sign of growth? Download the digital issue of “Transformation” today.

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Words from The Word: I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law.
-Psalm 119:109 (NRSV)

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Art Credit: JESUS MAFA. The parable of the sower, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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Jill July 11, 2014 at 5:09 am

Indeed, my Father is the Master Gardener. Where I do not see the need for new growth – He is on it. Father – thank You for the trimmings, pruning, and faithful fertilization. I trust Your Hand.

Roberta July 11, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Right around 5 years ago I experienced an estrangement from both of my adult daughters. It felt as if I had my heart was being pruned. I accepted their need to turn away from the Mother/Daughter relationship in their 40’s, I lost my mother at 14 but have seen many of my women friends cut themselves off for various reasons from there mothers for various amounts of time during that age. My oldest daughter took the attitude that I was dead to her. My younger daughter followed. I did feel that a part of myself was dead, yet I kept trusting that God would do a great work with that great pain. I neither tried to fix the situation or begged God to change it I simply prayed for my daughters.
The pruning was painful yet now our relationship is less parent child and much more adult to adult. I love them still as my daughters yet I am aware they have a God and it is not me. They learned that also. It taught me I can trust God to make everything in my life healthier if I simply trust and love and rely on Him.

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