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Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some 
thirty. Let anyone with ears listen! - Matthew 13:8-9 (NRSV)

When my children were young, our family had fun playing with sparklers — those wand-like fireworks that emit colorful sparks and flashes. They enjoyed watching the sparklers swirl in the air, leaving fleeting traces of whirls and swooshes in the darkness. For all their bling and pizzazz, though, sparklers don’t...

Today's Prayer
Dear God, help us to kindle the flame of faith so that we remain committed to you. Amen.

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Today's Reading
Matthew 13:1-8

Thought for the Day

I will begin — and end — this day walking with Christ.

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I wish . . . when I was a child . . .

"This is absolutely lovely! How I wish I had been exposed or otherwise taught this beautiful lesson exactly as it is written here when I was a child. Going on 60 years old now, I am just coming to believe the words contained in this piece. As I look back on my life now, I suspect that my feelings of unworthiness of God’s love began at a very young age. Not explicitly, by which I mean to say that I was never told that I was not worthy of God’s love and mercy, but rather implicitly, through my experiences with simple human error and a constant focus on perfection and pleasing others. I cannot express to you how beautiful this piece is to me; I can only tell you that it touches me very deeply. Thank you!" Read more about Pockets.