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Matthew 13:31b-32 The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the 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.
The only person she didn’t take care of was herself. Just after she retired, she died of colon and liver cancer. Our church was packed with people I had never met, telling me stories about what Ms. Frances had done for them. We will never know how far her branches reached. If food was needed, she cooked it. If clothing was needed, she opened a closet. When people needed Jesus, she taught Bible study. As a nurse, she was an advocate for public health, especially focused on the poor, the marginalized, and the rejected. She was that mustard seed that grew into a tree—God blessed us to be able to nest among her branches.
MOVING FORWARD: Who are the flourishing mustard seeds in your life?
Today the Church remembers William Wilberforce, 1833.