I have always been intrigued with Jesus’ parables. While they include a variety of literary styles, including allegories, metaphors and proverbs, They are a good way to get people thinking about God’s kingdom in our midst. I am married to a farmer’s daughter. I have come to understand the importance of farming in relationship to our whole ecosystem. More importantly, I have come to understand the depth of a farmer’s faith. It takes faith just to put a crop in the ground.

In the beginning of this parable Jesus says, “A sower went out to sow.” There is no assurance that the seeds will grow abundantly and provide for the farmer’s household, or food for the market. Yet, the farmer still goes out to sow. The same faithful farmer worries and wonders all summer as she tends and cares for her crop. Isn’t that life for all of us. Called to bear witness to a God of new life we simply sow, even in the midst of our own doubt and trusting in God along the way. I am thankful for my in-laws and all they have taught me about trust. How is your trusting going?

Lord God, We live in a world of mistrust and we want to make decisions based on outcome. Help us to put our trust in you and simply begin to bear witness to your love. Amen. 

Rev. Tim Hansen, Partner Congregation Pastor

And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow.”

-Matthew 13:3