Lent Reflection

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The mustard seed tree? One of Jesus’s famous parables concerns a mustard seed which he likens to the kingdom of heaven. A person plants a single mustard seed – the smallest of all seeds – which then grows into the largest of all trees. It is so large that within its branches all the birds of the air find a place to nest. In The Great Storm by Nick Butterworth, Percy the Park Keeper finds places in a single oak tree for all the animals whose homes were lost in the storm. His final action is to plant an acorn to become the oak tree for the future. 

The tree grew great and strong, its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the ends of the whole earth.Its foliage was beautiful, its fruit abundant, and it provided food for all. The animals of the field found shade under it, the birds of the air nested in its branches, and from it all living beings were fed. Daniel 4: 10-12

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. Warren Buffett

Author: Judith Russenberger

Environmentalist and theologian, with husband and three grown up children plus one cat, living in London SW14. I enjoy running and drinking coffee - ideally with a friend or a book.

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