As we journey together through Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written ‘letters from the heart.’ Each will be accompanied by corresponding relevant scripture verse(s), and linked to sources for further study. If you would like to join us on Columbia’s Lenten journey, please send us your ‘letter from the heart’ by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us continue our Lenten journey of repentance, meditation, and anticipation day-by-day, to its glorious culmination on Easter morning.
Today’s scripture is from the Gospel of Mark 4:21-34: And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was anything kept secret, but that it should come abroad. If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath. And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what comparison shall we compare it? [It is] like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it. And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear [it].But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
In these sentences Jesus explains the significance of light coming from a candle and tells the parable of sowing a seed, using the tiny mustard seed as His example.
After reviewing the thoughts of Jesus, I am reminded that no one who has been given a gift should hide that gift. Share the gift of your light to others, so they can grow like the mustard seed. Once you do that, you have planted a seed in someone’s heart. If that heart is ready to accept the wonderful gift it was given, that person can continue the seeding process and pass the good news on to another. After some time passes, maybe one can be lucky enough to see how big the good news has grown. Maybe it will be like the mustard seed, which starts small but grows so big ‘that the fowls may lodge under the shadow of it.’
Dreher High School, Junior
Columbia, South Carolina
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