Thrive: The Parable of the Sower – Kyndall Rae Rothaus


Matthew 13:1-23

Imagine your ears are a plot of land in the countryside. Imagine everything you hear with them is seed with the potential to sprout. Imagine all seed is good seed. Imagine we are not born with the ability to hear, but we must learn over time how to cultivate the soil. Imagine that the spiritual journey is learning to water and to water often, then to bear patiently the weeds. No pesticides. Must let your silent growth overtake them in time.

Imagine that Jesus says all people are divided into two types: those who can hear and those who cannot. Imagine that the deaf are like land over which a slab of concrete has been poured for development. Imagine that disciples are those who let their back lots grow wild, gathering scattered seed like the bankrupt receiving treasures or like the hungry getting their bread.

Imagine that your ears are waiting to grow forests, and that your heart is a tree hugger conservationist and your soul is the river running through it.

Rothaus_pic_bench_smKyndall Rae Rothaus is the pastor of Covenant Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas. She is a graduate of George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco. Kyndall is a poet and a writer, and her first book, Preacher Breath, will be released in the summer of 2014 by Smyth & Helwys. She blogs at

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  1. Mary James says

    Kyndall, Thank you for these beautiful words. You are a poet!

  2. Charity Roberson says

    Spoken like a true poet! Beautiful!

  3. Allie Kilpatrick says

    These images really make you stop and think…..and think…..

  4. Thank you!