verse 7: Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.
Today I am seeing there are different ways to interpret this parable. One is that the seed is the Word of God or the Spirit, sent out to the people. Another is that we are like the seeds, scattered among others, telling the Good News. If I am like the seed, I may find myself in a hostile environment. Other people may try to inhibit my growth, like thorns choking out healthy plants. But there are also good strong plants which overcome weeds. They need to grow where they are, and so they do. Think of the beautiful wildflowers that take over a field otherwise full of weeds. Wherever God sets us down, we need to find the good soil and grow.
God of all creation, you have placed us all here for a reason. We all want to be the healthy plants which provide food and shelter for others. Help us to not be choked out by the weeds or dried up when rain is scarce. Help us to find good soil, which you always provide. Amen
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