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Tending the Seed

The image of the seed being watered by the rain of heaven and nurtured as it springs forth and grows is a delightful and encouraging image. (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost. Isaiah 55:10-13; Psalm 65:8-13; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9,18-23) Especially for us in Australian winter as we wait for seasonal and life giving rain for the replenishment of a landscape become burnt and barren in so many parts of the country. We are a people of hope and dependence on the generosity of God.

"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:10-11