April 4

Reflection

To keep God’s word implies not only hearing it but receiving it and acting on it.  It means that we absorb its essence and are transformed by its meaning.  We not only hear it but are willing to let our lives be turned over and made fertile like soil which receives seed and brings it to growth. God’s word germinates life in us and brings us to spiritual growth. Springtime is a reminder that life flourishes, bears fruit and then nourishes others. We are called to be the fertile earth in which the seed of God’s word takes root and grows

Prayer

Send me your Spirit, O God, that I may hear your word and keep it.

Action

I will take a section of Scripture each day and probe its meaning. How can it enable my growth in spirit?

Suggested Reading

Thus says the Lord:
Just as from the heavens
the rain and snow come down
And do not return there
till they have watered the earth,
making it fertile and fruitful,
Giving seed to the one who sows
and bread to the one who eats,
So shall my word be
that goes forth from my mouth;
It shall not return to me void,
but shall do my will,
achieving the end for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:10-11

 It is the closing of the heart far more than the closing of the mind that keeps folk from transformation and deepening.
Jean Houston

God speaks to us every day only we don’t know how to listen.
Mahatma Gandhi

Be still. Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity.
Laozi 

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree but there seeds can go places
and wherever they go
by their virtues
they leave their traces.
Indira Mukhopadhyay

 

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