As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press, here
is a meditation from 'The Road to Emmaus,' a book of
daily meditations written by and for the LGBT community
of faith. This meditation was written by Joseph W. Houle.
�Hear then the parable of the sower.�
I stand with the crowd today and listen attentively as your
words fall on me like seeds ready to sprout, grow, and bear
fruit. Suddenly I am an expanse of land stretching north,
east, west, south, with the landscape of my inner life
lying open before you.
I watch as you scatter seeds on pathways word hard by my
busyness, and I see commitments, like a hundred birds,
swoop down on each moment, devouring the promise of new
life before it can sprout.
I watch as you scatter seeds on rocky soil, that part of
me that has not yet learned to persevere, and I see that
the seeds sprout quickly in the morning, but cannot endure
the heat of noon.
I watch as you scatter seeds on thorn-infested soil, that
part of me that is full of contradictory desires that turn
my inner life into a battleground, and I see the seeds
choked to death before then can mature.
A great sadness comes over me, because I understand that in
my search for meaning and purpose I have left little room
within me for your Word to take root and grow.
At that very moment I see you casting seeds with wild
abandon on good soil. The wind carries your words to me:
�Now that you are open to hear, accept, and persevere in
my Word, you have become good soil, and you will yield
Throughout the day, I observe the many kinds of soil in
the fields I pass. With a knowing smile I scatter seeds
of truth that Jesus has entrusted to me; for I know that
even if some seeds are lost on hard, rocky, or thorny
ground, in the end some will fall on good soil and yield
an incredibly abundant harvest.
Grace and peace,
R. Adam DeBaugh and Kevin Stone Fries
Chi Rho Press
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