Thinking about gardens during the lenten season, we come to a parable of jesus that concerns not an entire garden but one plant within the garden. Its seeds are tiny but the plant can grow to be the largest plant in the garden by far.It of course ifs the mustard seed, an herb, a condiment, seasoning that adds spice to life, w well at least the hamburger. Jesus said, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed , you will say to this mountain; "move from here" and it will do so. Matt 17:20. He also uses this symbol fro the growth of his whole mission. "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed- smallest of all seeds, but when grown it becomes tree and birds make nests in its branches. Matt 13: 31-32
Creative use of the lenten journey can be like planting a mustard seed. I believe each of us has so much more potential than we ever realize and Lent is a time for considering how we can live more fully. I have heard it said, in all of history only Jesus ever lived up to His fullest potential. Even if that is true and we cannot measure up to his example, his life is a wonderful guide for us in terms of trust in God, understanding of life's meaning and heartfelt compassion fro those around us.
But Lent is also a time for the Church worldwide to celebrate as one. Christ's followers are called to bring the reign of God into fulfillment. Jesus did not simply come for the twelve or the hundreds that heard Him speak. His message and His life are the mustard seed that can grow and spread throughout the earth. In this time of worry, even panic, we as children of Christ Holy Church are called to offer shade, hope and a vision. We have a story to tell the nations. It is not only a story of Jesus, but an insight into the abundant life God blesses us with. Through faith, through our Lenten journey and by the grace of God may we be a place of rest for those who are struggling. Our world can become so much greater if we allow our seed of faith to grow. God bless you and be safe, use common sense in these uncharted waters.
Almighty God, as I continue to journey this Lenten season may I not be distracted by outside concerns and remain focused on the relationship I want/need in you. Father, guide me and the church I serve as we look and make decisions that will affect this family and the community which I live. Lord, forgive me my sins, my tresspasses against others and lead me and those I love through the adversity that lies ahead. father, bless us today and always in the name of Your son I ask. Amen
Meet the pastor
Rev. Pastor Carl Schreiber has been serving East Orrington Congregational Church (EOCC) since March 12, 2006