Grow - Lent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

Luke 13:18-19

He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.”

If you are taking part in the Lent goal to read all of Luke, between now and Sunday, read Luke 12-14.


Just think how much information and direction is stored in a seed, even one as tiny as a mustard seed. Inside that little ball are all the ‘instructions’ needed for the plant to develop and grow and flourish – it is a miracle waiting to happen. And yet, just looking at the seed without thinking of the tree it can become, it would be easy to underestimate this. Untended, it could fall through a crack, get swept aside, or be trodden underfoot. And not just seeds: this is our human condition. God has given us so much potential for love and growth, put so much inside us to develop and flourish, and yet too often we view ourselves as small and insignificant – we put ourselves down and limit our possibilities. God calls us to remember the miracle that is within us and the ‘tree’ that we can each become; to allow ourselves to grow in his love, and to anticipate the love and comfort that our ‘branches’ can bring.

Nurturing God, awaken within us the awareness of Your loving purpose for each one of us. Guide us in the direction You would have us take, planting Your word as the basis of our lives. Inspire us to grow in Your love and to share Your love that we may reach up and out into the world, giving life and encouragement for others. Amen.

Thank you for joining us on this prayerful
journey of reflection through Lent.

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