“And others are the ones sown among the thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” Words of Jesus From the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:18-19)
I believe “the thorns” may be one of the greatest threats
The Seed and the Thorns
The sower threw the seed
Upon the thorns –
Scattered among the bramble
That crept along the soil.
The seed grew quickly
For a short season,
But soon found its growth
Stunted by competition.
For every drink of water it got,
The thorns received two.
And when the Son hung
Stretched out across the sky,
The thorns extended their arms
Blocking out the light
And left the seed blind in the darkness.
The seed was good seed
And the soil was good soil,
But soon the thorns overtook the seed
And choked it out.
The sower came back at harvest time
And was shocked to find the seed’s fate.
For he had expected the seed
To still thrive among the thorns –
That they could coexist harmoniously
Or better yet, the seed would magically
Kill out all the bramble
And he wouldn’t have to endure the pain
Of plucking the thorns from the earth.
But instead of cursing himself,
He cursed the seed saying
If only he’d had good seed,
The harvest would have been plenty.
But he was so distracted
By the pain and cares of removing the thorns
That he was willing to risk
Letting the seed wither and die.
Good crops can never grow among thorns.
Thorns must be gathered in brush piles
And burned in pyres of the past
And the sower must keep his desires
Focused only on nurturing good seed
And never look back.
The thorns will constantly threaten
The seed’s existence
By blocking out the rays of the Son.
-Poem Written by Justin Farley
My current collections of poetry, all available on Amazon, all written by me, Justin Farley. A Voice in the Wilderness is a chapbook of Christian Poetry, written about the joys, doubts, struggles, and sorrows of the Christian life. Nature’s Bounty is a collection of nature poetry celebrating my love for the outdoors. And Thorns of Love is the first book of three in a series of poems about love, this one being sad, breakup poems.
I write to reach the hearts of the searching, the suffering, the still fighting. I write to soothe my soul and hopefully to soothe yours too. I write to celebrate and attempt to put words to the beauty of life. Here are my published books on Amazon. More to come. A huge, humble thank you to anyone who supports my work.
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