Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 13, 2008
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 13, 2008
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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The truth of the mustard seed
"Another parable he put before them, saying, 'The
kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed
which a man took and sowed in his field; it is
the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown
it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree,
so that the birds of the air come and make nests
in its branches.'"
I had the most amazing prayer experience today
while walking the labyrinth in my yard. For those
unfamiliar with labyrinths, they are a cherished
form of walking meditation, consisting of a single
curving, twisting path often based on a sacred
geometry, and can be made from all kinds of
materials. For thousands of years people from
many different cultures have enjoyed the practice
of walking labyrinths. Labyrinths differ from
mazes. Mazes require choices and problem solving.
The maze walker might not find the center. The
labyrinth only has one path, which always brings
you to the center, a place to linger, meditate,
reflect, and pray.
I love walking them in the early morning. Often
I will pause every few steps and just enjoy looking
and listening to the glorious sights and sounds of
birds singing, chirping, and flitting about as they
happily perch among the tree branches. Woodpeckers,
wrens, thrushes, sparrows, robins, and crows daily
fill the air with their songs. Today I thought of
this parable of the mustard seed and how the birds
of the air come and sit in the branches of a mustard
The mustard seed was the smallest known seed used
by first century Palestinian farmers and gardeners.
When conditions were favorable, the plant could grow
ten feet in height. The smallest seed becomes the
largest plant. The kingdom of God is like a mustard
seed. People from every nation, tribe, culture,
ethnic identity, language, economic background,
political persuasion and sexual orientation can
find a joyous welcome into God's realm through
this glorious parable and their local birds.
God, help us pray with the birds today to better
understand and experience our beloved welcome
into the kingdom of heaven. Amen.
For more labyrinth information, several excellent
web sites are www.labyrinthsociety.org,
www.geomancy.org, www.labyrinthproject.com, a
worldwide Web labyrinth locator is at
www.gracecom.org, and www.relax4life.com (which
is very LGBT friendly).
Grace and peace,
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