A monthly column from church member Ruth Jones. Ruth is a retired elementary school teacher; is a member of our Chancel choir, and participates in the Card Ministry of the Care Ministry Team.
“The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing that you do not know
where he is from, yet he has opened my eyes.” John 31
“The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which…… is the least of all seeds, but when it is grown it is the greatest among herbs..” Matthew 13:31-32
My study Bible states that the parable of the mustard seed affirms that I the age of good and evil the number of people who will inherit the kingdom will be very few at first. Even though it begins like the smallest of seeds the nucleus will enjoy growth completely out of proportion to its size.
When I was a child my Aunt Trudy gave me a bracelet that I treasured. It had a dangling clear globe that held a mustard seed. The Bible verse that came with it is the one I think of when I remember that bracelet: If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, move from here to there and it will move and nothing will be impossible for you.
Faith like that is truly amazing and even though I believe that with God all things are possible, I guess my faith must be smaller than a mustard seed because I just don’t see myself moving mountains. Of course mountains might not mean Mt. McKinley but in the obstacles in your life. If that’s true I have a better chance and I’m up for the challenge! The mustard seed grows a huge plant which says a lot about the little acts of kindness that we do—spreading good will and the love of God makes us pretty big too. I don’t remember what happened to my mustard seed bracelet. The clasp broke and I had to stop wearing it, but the bracelet still slips into my memory along with Aunt Trudy’s smile when she gave it to me. Help me God to appreciate the little things in life; the helping hands, hugs and smiles that ease the days.
Help me to spread sunshine through the clouds, warmth in the cold, stability in the wind, peace in the turmoil, for you have given me all this in abundance. Amen.
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Are you or someone you know in need? If so, please contact Pastor Bob Faulhaber at 860.295.0432 or Care Ministries Coordinator, Edi Dole at 860.267.8543.
Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.