Saturday, June 13, 2015

Small Faith to Sustaining Hope

Mark 4:30-32
He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

Lord Jesus,
take my small faith
plant it in fertile soil
help it grow strong
so that when others
need a safe place,
a resting place,
a place to make a home,
a place to raise their young,
may they find strength 
in the branches of my faith
that they may rest,
find refuge,
lean on me,
learn from me,
teach the faith to their children.

Take the church's small faith
nourish it,
fertilize it,
grow it,
so that our branches 
will be strong providing 
shade from the heat of life,
rest along the journey,
place to make a nest - a home,
room to raise young,
berries to nourish those who come to us,
hope to sustain the faithful.

take our small faith
make us a mighty shrub
for the sake of others.

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