Daily Lenten devotional 2.17.16

soil and waterDay 8, Week 2:  A Pure Heart (Soil and Water)

Today’s scripture passage:

Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil.  It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.  Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop – a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”                                Matthew 13:3-8 NIV

This week, our focus is on two elements essential for growth in the resurrection garden:  soil and water.  We must use good soil, or the seeds will fail to grow.  God’s word will not take root in our hearts unless the soil is soft and fertile.  How does hard, impacted soil become soft?  The rain loosens hard soil, just as problems and pain tend to turn our hearts toward God.  Water penetrates the hard crust and nourishes the roots of young plants, causing a flush of new growth.  In the week ahead, we will study how a pure heart prepares us for spiritual growth.

Today’s reflection:  

Is the soil of your heart hard, rocky, choked by thorns, or fertile?

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