READINGOld Testament: Genesis 42:29-38
Psalms: Psalms 70, 71, 74
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Gospel: Mark 4:21-34
Evening Psalms: 74
DEVOTIONAL“Again he said, ’What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.’” (Mark 4:30-32)
This Parable of the Mustard Seed reminds me so much of volunteer work and how important it is to give back. Service and volunteering was already a big part of my life before I began attending St Matt's and becoming a part of the amazing things happening here. Helping others is woven into the fabric of our church. St. Matt's helped me realize I could do more. I could grow by giving more of myself.
Growth through helping others has fulfilled me and expanded my vision for what needs to be done and for what I can do. It also encourages those around me to help, which is exactly what happened to me. It's paying it forward in a real way.
To be part of such a wonderful community has helped me take steps toward becoming the kind of person I want to be. The St. Matt's community showed my family what kindness and giving of yourself looks like. We see that thinking beyond ourselves is amazing. It has helped change our thinking and to grow as Christians. Being a part of God's family and giving is now embedded in our everyday lives.
It is like the mustard seed. It started out small, but has grown and changed and spread its branches. It has provided for others, offered hope and comfort. It was planted as an idea of how to help and turned into so much more. It is now the "and then some" attitude in our own lives as part of our St Matt's family. I know that, as my time here comes to an end and I prepare to move on, I will take this with me and spread mustard seeds in other places and share them with other people. I will take all that I've learned here and carry it with me. That's a beautiful thing.
Many Blessings to each of you.