Church of England Diocese of Norwich Ringland

Thought for the week of 13th June 2021

12 Jun 2021, 5:10 p.m.

Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.   Mark 4 : 30 - 31

Bible reading : Mark 4 : 26 - 34

Thought for the week

I imagine with lockdown we have all become more closely acquainted with the soil and garden spaces around our homes, in our communities, in our back yards, even the sides of the roads. Maybe we’ve become more aware of what has grown this year, often as if from nowhere. (have you noticed the poppies suddenly sprung up in front of the Junior School?)

It is a reminder of the unstoppable power of seeds to persevere, put down roots, grow and flourish even in the most unlikely places. To be there when no one knew or saw them growing.

This is the truth of the Kingdom of Jesus. His love and His Word of life perseveres, keeps growing, often unseen, takes root deeply, surprises. Often we’re not aware the seed has been sown or that anyone was listening! Often we did not expect someone to speak about their faith in Jesus, or to be so overwhelmed that others are praying. Often faith is suddenly real or present in ourselves or in others when we least expected.

In such simple, brief parables Jesus declares the truth of His love, deeply embedded and present in our lives, persevering, alive and real, even when we are weary or afraid. Jesus who is Lord, our Saviour and our Friend.

Rev Paul

Prayer for today

I empty my pockets.
I empty myself.
I empty my all.
And make it available for your disposal.
May my insignificance be significant for your kingdom.

Andy Frost, Director of Share Jesus International.