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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 12, 2018

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FRIDAY, October 12

Luke 8:8 “Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.” As [Jesus] said this, he called out, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”

What kind of terrain is the soil of my heart? I like to believe it is good soil into which the seeds of Jesus’ love fall, germinate, receive ample light and air and nourishment, and produce a hundredfold harvest. But when I am not kidding myself and acknowledge the greedy birds of distractedness, my stony and stormy belief, and the way the thorns of this life destroy these holy seeds, I realize how far I am from being the deep and fertile soil that bears good fruit.

Visible, measurable growth is only partially emblematic of spiritual progress. The Sower plants seeds, but the disciple must willingly receive them and resist the forces conspiring their destruction. Our souls, like soil, require frequent fertilizing and patient cultivation.

MOVING FORWARD: Spend this weekend taking “soil samples” from the various places in your heart. Which areas need some fertilizing or cultivation? Which are growing well? 

PRAY for the Diocese of Ikeduru and Ikka (Nigeria)

Ps 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12) | Micah 3:9—4:5 | Acts 24:24—25:12 | Luke 8:1-15 

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