Daily Bread June 17

Grow in the Kingdom of God
Lachlan Mackay, Council of Twelve Apostles

He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.” He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 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.” -Mark 4:26-34

It was after 5:00 p.m., and my workday was nowhere near over when the call came in. It was a member of our maintenance staff at the Joseph Smith Historic Site in Nauvoo, Illinois, USA. He was at the nearby Community of Christ congregation, and a family of tourists from a western US state had stopped by. It was cool and wet for a summer day, and the forecast called for the rain to continue. The travelers hoped to attend an outdoor pageant that evening and were looking for materials to keep them warm and dry.

Who did they think we were, Walmart? I was busy. I assumed, based on where they were from, that they were likely not members of our faith and wondered why they didn’t turn to their own church. As I prepared to say that we didn’t have anything that would be useful, the words stuck in my throat. They were strangers, far from home, looking for help to stay warm and dry.

I recalled that we had large sheets of unused plastic purchased to fight the flooding Mississippi River and boxes of packing blankets from my household move. I delivered both and was thanked with a hug from a grateful child.

Seeds of humility were planted that day in the imperfect garden that is my life. They have sprouted into a greater awareness of the small steps that can be taken every day to end needless suffering and bring the Kingdom of God one step closer to reality.

Prayer Phrase

Wherever I am, God is here.

Spiritual Practice

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