What a week!
Last Sunday I left Billings at 4:20pm—long after the snow had begun to fall.
I reached Joliet at 6:00pm.
That’s an extra 45 minutes for the commute.
What do you do when every street is snow-packed, and the interstate is ice-packed, and it’s still snowing? You drive slowly, and pray.
Eli and I encountered 11 cars in the ditches, one jack-knifed semi tractor and trailer, 4 police cars and 2 ambulances.
Once we pulled into our driveway in Joliet I refused to get behind the wheel of my truck for 2 days. I was that done!
As if that wasn’t enough, mid-week ushered in frigid temperatures and wind, wind, wind.
The wind was ferocious.
Because we have a few bird-feeders dispersed throughout the yard, both in the front of the house and in the back, the wind deposited black oil sunflower seeds ALL OVER the neighborhood.
It looked like the chocolate chip fairy had sprinkled her loot all over the snow-packed lawns. “I hope my neighbors think sunflowers are beautiful,” I thought to myself, “Because when spring appears and warms the soil, these seeds are going to sprout!”
I’m reminded of Jesus’ Parable of the Generous Sower found in Matthew, Mark and Luke. What do we hear? “A Sower went to sow some seeds and the seeds landed everywhere.” Jesus must have been thinking about Montana in January!
Although we have a tendency to focus on the variety of soils on which the seed fell—meaning us—the Good News is the Sower! God scatters God’s very self quite freely; God’s holy Spirit, God’s Christ. Whatever soil we might be upon collision with the Spirit:
…we all are touched.
We all have the potential to grow INTO the image of God:
In Jesus’ parable of the Generous Sower Jesus helps us to understand that people are God’s workshop. God sows—and we grow when and how God wants us to grow!
Let us pray: Loving God, we are growing in our understanding that we are instructed and formed by you through the whole human community. Oh that we grow in our valuing of humanity and the human condition! May we leave room for others. May we welcome others as we would like others to welcome us. Amen.
(This sermon was preached by Reverend Dana Keener, Central Christian Church in Billings, on January 11, 2015.)