"Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: 'Behold, a sower went out to sow....He who has ears to hear, let him hear!'" (Matthew 13:3,9)

Through His Word, the Lord is able to sows seeds of truth in our minds. These seeds have great potential to sprout and grow in our lives. And as in the parable of the sower, the Lord spreads the seeds of truth, making them available to everyone. For the Word is the Lord speaking to us, teaching us how to follow Him, offering spiritual life and light to all. But He gives us the freedom to receive His truths as we will, and the parable of the sower pictures four kinds of reception. Only those who whose minds are good ground will be able to nurture these precious seeds and let them bear fruit.

We need to think about our responsibility to become "good ground," but it is also important to realize how much the Lord does in hidden ways to protect our freedom. This is reflected in the parable of the growing seed (Mark 4:26-29). From our perspective, we plant seeds of truth and reap the fruit, yet we don't see all that the Lord does to makes these seeds sprout and grow in our lives. We don't need to know how the seed grows, as long as we know to plow and harrow the land and bless God when we reap the harvest!

We hope that these resources will help you and your family reflect on ways that you can receive and nurture seeds of truth from the Word in your lives.   

Highlights for this topic include:

Quotes from the Word (HTML)

 Poster: "The grass withers, the flower fades..." (teens) (PDF)

"The Word of the Lord" by the Rev. B. David Holm

 Activity: Sowing Seeds of Truth Chart (ages 5-8) (PDF)

Overview of Projects and Activities for Families (HTML)

 Project: Make a Seed Mosaic (ages 3-up) (PDF)
The Lord gives us seeds for plants that provide beautiful flowers and delicious fruits. Make a design with some of the seeds the Lord gives us.

"Becoming Good Ground" by the Rev. Frederick M. Chapin

 Project: Seed-Bearing Fruit Wreath or Ribbon Hanging (ages 5-14) (PDF)
Make a wreath or ribbon hanging with various fruits, adding a piece of fruit each time you use the seeds of truth the Lord has given us. For truth bears fruit when we apply it in our lives!

 Song: "The Sower" by Lori Odhner (PDF)