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Sunday we engaged in one of the most familiar parables in a fresh way. Rather than minimizing the mustard seed or rushing to simple readings, we brought our experience and the anxiety of our current climate to allow this reading to challenge our understandings of race, inequality, control, and human rights. At the same time we opened ourselves to a fresh, organic, look at how progress might unfold.
We examined how we are able to change over time. We said that being open minded and stepping out of your comfort zone are a few ways we can accomplish change. We are all born with a seed, or this gift of life, that is able to flourish. But how much control do we really have? Our control is very limited because there are elements of life that we simply just cannot control or change. Our potential gives us a little bit of control because we are able to act upon our potential to create change.
Going through life thinking that we should have control over every aspect of our lives can be taxing on the mind and body. Once we plant our seed in soil that will help with self-development, it is out of our control. It is mysteriously organic and has no definite way or path.
In the parable, the soil seems to act as our experiences with God. When we encounter an act of gratitude or mercy, our soil is enriched. Letting our ideas and experiences expand then creates room for new ones and for new people. Allowing us to love and be loved, and allowing us to teach and be taught new things. We cannot force change, but that will never stop us from flourishing.
We are a misfit faith community that gathers in DeLand on Sundays at 5pm. Come as you are.
We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.
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