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Matthew 13:23 But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.
In a week of fights, punishments, and long, heaving sighs, each of our children surprised us with sweet fruits. At the afterschool program where our daughter interns, a boy came in barefoot, literally running from an abusive parent. After school, our son sat us down, explaining that a friend had the same tennis shoes for three years, and they were falling apart, and his parents didn’t have much money. On their own initiative, both of our children bought shoes for these individuals.
As Paul writes to the people of Corinth, one plants, another waters, but God gives the growth. Today, I’m thankful for shoes, acts of charity that found their roots in the hope of parents and their fruition by the grace of God.
MOVING FORWARD: How can you surprise someone with the gift of grace today?