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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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Jesus is speaking to us . . .

"Many of us are used to the idea that we might speak to God or to Jesus. Maybe at times it feels like shouting into the darkness or whatnot, but it’s not hard to do—at least as an imaginative exercise. What’s harder—even imaginatively—is to try to hear Jesus speaking to us. Are we just making things up? Are we just using Jesus as a puppet to say whatever we want to hear?" READ MORE