II Kings 4:8-11,14-16; Psalms 89:2-3,16-19; Romans 6:3-4,8-11; Matthew 10:37-42
Once upon a time, two little sunflower seeds nestled snugly together in the soft earth …
They talked of God, the Creator of all seeds. They wanted to find Him. They wanted to see Him. They grew lonely, and longed for the season when they would grow up out of the ground and begin to reach up to Heaven, and find God.
Soon it was time and each seed began to grow. As the roots pushed down, the buds pushed up. And when they blinked in the sunlight and looked up to the sky, it seemed a long way to Heaven. But as they tried to reach ever upward, even their long stems were not able to take them to the heavenly heights. “Alas,” they thought, “we will never see God.”
One day, a little boy came along, whistling a bright tune. He saw that those two sunflowers were sad and discouraged, and yet, they were such beautiful flowers.
“We’ll get the boy to help,”…
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