Saint Mark Daily Lenten Devotional – March 4, 2015
by Steve Fazenbaker
Scripture: Mark 4:1-20
In the first church we joined after graduating from college, Kathy and I were asked to teach the senior high Sunday School class. We were very excited to be asked. We chose a study on the parables of Jesus. The first week was on the Parable of the Sower. The year was 1989; the music group Tears for Fears had just released a single called, “Sowing the Seeds of Love”-and I hummed it all week long as we prepared to teach that first Sunday School class.
To say that the class didn’t go as I imagined would be an understatement. The very last thing those kids wanted to do that morning was talk to a couple of people they’d never met before about the parables of Jesus. Kathy and I went into that first class expecting to encounter a group of students hungry to study the Bible. What were we thinking? The first thing we needed to do was get to know one another. Over time, we developed meaningful relationships with those wonderful students.
After reading this parable, it might be tempting to identify people as “paths” or “rocks” or “weeds.” But the parable is called “The Parable of the Sower.” It’s not about the seeds or the different kinds of ground. It’s about the faithfulness of the Sower to keep “sowing the seeds of love.” Sometimes love is not recognized, much less received; sometimes the demands of love are too much. But the lesson is to keep sowing. “Anything is possible when you’re sowing the seeds of love.”
Prayer: Generous God, you pour your love into our lives without measure. Fill our hearts with your love, and may the love in our hearts overflow into the lives of everyone around us. Amen.