This morning our staff reflected upon the seeds of kindness and hope that were planted during this Advent/Christmas season. Often we aren’t aware that we are planting seeds and if we are, we are unaware of whether the seeds take root.
At the church I walk alongside, I saw a lot of seeds being planted this Christmas. A few examples: A homeless guest taking a card off our Giving Tree and returning with art supplies he purchased for a child, who otherwise would have no gifts on Christmas…. Youth bringing in gifts on Christmas Eve for a family burnt out of their home the day before …. A seven-year old girl placing 7 cents on the altar during worship, ‘so kids can have clean water in Nicaragua’…. An addict finding hope as another person listens without judgment.
Such are the seeds that were planted in one church. How about your life? Who planted seeds of kindness in you? In what ways are you a seed planter?
On my desk is a quote: ‘One never knows which seeds will grow’. So true. Most often we never see the fruit of the seed we cast. Yet we are called to continue casting, ever hopeful that a kind word, a generous act, a listening ear, can make a difference.
As we move into this new year let us continue to cast. For we never know which seed will grow.