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Devotions in Quarantine

Devotion and Reflection for Daily Reading for the Week of June 13, 2021

For Children

Pray this prayer with your children through the week.  Invite them first to take a deep breath with you, and then to repeat with you:

“Dear Jesus, grow your love in my heart.

Amen”

ReadingMark 4:26-34

(Jesus) also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28 The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

(Jesus) also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34 he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

Reflection

With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this Calling 

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring 
Will be to arrive where we started 
And know the place for the first time. 
Through the unknown, unremembered gate 
When the last of earth left to discover 
Is that which was the beginning; 
At the source of the longest river 
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree.

T.S. Eliot

For Reflection

Use these questions for reflection and journaling through the week.

-Where have you seen growth in your life of faith over the last year?  What difference has this growth made in your life, and in the lives of those around you?

-Where has your faith been challenged in the course of the year?

-Where do you need growth, and why?

-What can you look to for that growth?