For the past six years, I have been living in the First State of Delaware where many people are very proud to claim former VP Joe Biden as our own. We like to repeat his no-nonsense, cut to the chase, get right to the point line. As Joe Biden says, “So, here’s the deal.”
They look at the various seeds and soil and blame their church growth – or lack there of – on either the seed or the soil – or, in some situations, the sower.
Here’s another interpretation, involving another, more modern parable:
That didn't mean that the seeds of scripture was "wasted" on me, somehow. I just wasn't ready. Yet. To hear it and understand more deeply.
I think Jesus would have like that interpretation of his Parable of the Sower.
"I and five other men in my battalion got separated from the rest of the troop. We were lost. We stumbled through the thick, dark jungle for what seemed like hours, trying not to be afraid. But, we were really afraid.”
Good or bad, it's not what happens to you that matters as much as how you use it that matters.
It's the message I want to make certain you hear as you find yourselves - once again - in a long period of discernment and interim leadership.
I know because I have been a Canon of this Cathedral. I have worked in this city. I have known many of your clergy and and laity.
Scripture reminds us that the sun rises on the evil and the good, and the rain falls on the just and the unjust.
Use what you’ve been given. Even if it doesn’t make sense at the time. Even if it's a wall.