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July 19

Matthew 13, 31-32

Something to read

He put before them another parable: ‘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.’
New Revised Standard Version

Something to think about

This year the field next to us is planted with oil seed rape, the bright yellow plant that carpets the land nowadays. My daughters regularly marvel at the towering plants that rise up above their heads.

More astonishing to them is that such monsters come from tiny little black seeds, which are of the same family as the mustard seed.

Not only does a huge plant come from something so small, but when a whole field is planted with them, it forms an impenetrable forest. It is so easy to dismiss our small actions in life as insignificant.

But we have to remember that great things can come from something so small. Furthermore, if many people do little things they can take on the world.

Think back a couple of decades. Fairtrade coffee was sold in the back of the church if you were lucky. Now, thanks to small actions over the years, Fairtrade is a massive movement and commonplace on supermarket shelves.

Something to do

Find a tiny seed, or draw a dot on a sheet of paper. Think about what that seed could grow into. Carry out one small action you can make today that can make a difference to the world. This link might help!


Something to pray

Dear God, let me not get dispirited by my infinite smallness. Help me to rise up against injustice and not be afraid of the apparent impossibility of the task.

Today's contributor is Charlotte Haines Lyon, a full time mum and freelance writer who writes for Christian Aid's Surefish.co.uk website.


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