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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 11, 2020

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Mark 4:11 To you has been given the secret of the Kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables.

Parables present us with glimpses into the kingdom of God, where the ordinary of our lives throws light on the extraordinary. Jesus says that his disciples know the secret gift of the kingdom; they see it in his miracles, hear it in his teaching, and feel it in his presence. For others, Jesus’ parables define and give meaning to the idea of God’s kingdom.

I used to live close to Lake Malawi in Africa. Women, men, and children could tell you about how to sow seeds, how to fish, about storms on the lake, and the mystery of life. These stories of Jesus are their stories, too, in real time. The parables fall on different ears in suburban America, but they still shine a light onto a kingdom that wants to open the eyes of our hearts.

MOVING FORWARD: Take a field trip to a farm or lake. Think about how Jesus’ parables speak to people in ways that point to nature. Why do you think he does this?

PRAY for The Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain

Ps 72* 119:73-96 | Genesis 42:18-28| 1 Corinthians 5:9-6:8 | Mark 4:1-20



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