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Two Simple Ways to Prepare the Soil of the Imagination for an Education | Wildflowers and Marbles
Preparing the soil. It's such an evocative expression, isn't it? Most of us are tending our gardens, attempting to coax some semblance of life out of them while the heat and lack of rain seek to thwart our best efforts. We water, tend, weed - and if we are attentive and nurture, there is growth and fruit. Sometimes an abundance of growth. Enough to share even. Our Lord emphasized this lesson in The Parable of the Sower which is recorded in three of the four gospels: Matthew 13:1-8, Mark 4:1-9, and Luke 8:4-8. Each time the parable is recorded by the gospel writers we're exposed to very powerful imagery used by Our Lord to convey this lesson - the kind of imagery that takes root (I couldn't resist - pun intended!) Emphasis is mine: Now when a very great crowd was gathering together and men from every town were resorting to Him, He said in a parable: "The sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside and was trodden under foot, and birds of the air