Readings: Isaiah 55:10-13, Philippians 3:7-14, Mark 4:1-8, 13-20
Today is our daughter’s birthday. She came right on her due date, with a little help. By the end of the day, she was getting distressed and so was I. The doctor said calmly, “Do you mind if I use forceps?” I squealed, “Use a crowbar if you want, just get the baby out!” Fun times, no crowbar. Our daughter is brilliant and beautiful. She has suffered with medical mysteries her whole life and yet, she’s joyful and hopeful and adventurous. I’m constantly awed by our two amazing daughters and the ways God uses them to love others and change the world for good. Jesus told His disciples the meaning of the parable of the sower in Mark 4, and ends with this line, “Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop – thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.” Likewise, our daughters are producing a significant crop through the love and leading of Christ in their everyday lives. “Hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop.” We can all do it, with God’s help. Maybe, like me, you work better with a due date. So, today is the day. Produce! Deliver! Don’t make Him get the crowbar. Blessings, blessings! ~Tracy