4 When a great crowd gathered and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell on the path and was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. 6 Some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered for lack of moisture. 7 Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. 8 Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.” As he said this, he called out, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”
As parents we are like the sower in Jesus’ parable, only instead of planting seeds for crops to grow, we are called to plant seeds that will help our children to grow and to learn how to face the many challenges life will put in their path. The seeds that we sow will also help them find a faith that works in their lives..
Just as in the parable, some of these seeds take hold and flourish, some wither and die. When this happens, we can find ourselves feeling helpless as our children make the same mistakes we did, and sometimes make even bigger mistakes (and this is one of the few times when we do not want our children to surpass what we have done). Watching as the seeds we have sown appear to go to waste, or be ignored, can be painful for us! Sometimes we try to sow the same seeds again and again ad infinitum, and all that happens is that everyone gets annoyed, and there is a lot of wasted seed on left the ground to be devoured by birds or washed away by the inevitable storms!
There are times when it all seems hopeless, and causes us to doubt ourselves, because as single parents we often take on all the blame when things go wrong. However, this is not fair to do to ourselves, as while we can and do make mistakes, it is not our fault when the seeds do not take hold right away…as it can take time for some seeds to bear fruit!
This is our good news today, and why we are never far from hope: there are some seeds which lay dormant for a while, and though they seem wasted, just when they are needed time and events nourish them and cause them to sprout up from the rocky soil, surprising us with their vitality!! In fact there are times when the seeds we sow can only sprout once they have been exposed to the heat of trouble and fire and our children come to the same realization about us that we may have had about our parents: that we were right all along!
And as we sow these seeds, we too can grow and learn, as parenting is an on-going event which can make us better people by teaching us patience and compassion while increasing our faith and connections with our children, the people in our lives and with God!
Our good news today is that none of the seeds we sow as parents are ever wasted, not if they are sown in faith and nourished in the love we have for our children, the same love that God has for all of us, which is freely, openly and with a large helping of forgiveness and understanding!!! Wherever these seeds are sown there is hope, the promise of new life and the presence of God’s gracious love! Surrounded by God’s grace all our lives are improved…even those of the birds who feed on the ‘unused’ seeds!
For gifts given out of love are never wasted, and the seed we sow for our children are to be treasured and nurtured, so they will grow into strong crops, which in turn will nourish our hungry world!
Let Us Pray:
Dear God, thank you that none of the seeds we have sown are wasted, but carry with it the spark of your gracious love! Let us never become discouraged or disgusted with ourselves when seeds we have sown seem to have gone to waste, but help us to continue to nurture and care for our children and others, showing them the same love and patience you have given to us over and over again!