One of the ways we engage our right-brained creativity in our study and prayers is by drawing and coloring our meditations on scripture. The text below can be illustrated by a tree (large mustard plant shrub in this case) with nesting birds. As you draw or color, consider how small the seed from which this kingdom grows, and how much safety is provided to these birds. Seek the Lord's wisdom for how even your own simple gifts and modest faith might contribute toward sanctuary and flourishing for some of God's most vulnerable beloved. Download these images for use in your prayers this week.
26 He 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. 28The 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."
30He 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. (Mark 4)