a hundred

Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. (Matt 13:8)

This session brings a new opportunities for us to learn about the Kingdom.  As part of our year-long partnership with Kids Food Basket, Ms. Christina, Youth Engagement and Education Coordinator, provided the heroes with all kinds of seeds and soil to plant, care for, harvest, share and invite others to bless KFB in return.  This Kingdom paying it forward is a blessing for us this session.  Just recently, Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans, Blue Lake Bush Beans and Sugar Snap Peas were planted in pots.  Once we build our raised beds, we will add radish, zucchini, cucumber and bok choy to the garden.  Jesus used concrete images and stories to help illustrate the Kingdom.  As we considered the parable of the sower this week,  the act of planting as well as the anticipation of what is to come took root in many heroes’ minds.

To be sure, the Kingdom is not something to be domesticated. Clark, Asa and Jack taught us this lesson as they were studying the spring plants.  Asa and Jack located a plant (pictured above) they called, “Tribe.” Clearly, they were familiar with it. And it wasn’t until they held up a plant to share with Ms. Sarah and myself that we realized that they had located wild chives.  The harvest began soon after as Will stuffed chives into a bag to bring home to his mom who “loves chives!” Clark has articulated a dream to farm someday.  This spring, his dream came early.  In a wonderful touch, Ms. Sarah collaborated with Clark to make a Chive Dip with potato chips as the perfect way to end our week.  Taste and See that He is good.  Indeed.

So much has been sown here at Journey.  The soil is rich.  We wait on the fields we all have invested in.  And like the gospel writer, I believe we will soon declare, “they are ripe with harvest.”  May we all have eyes to see.

//Dr. T//


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clap their hands

all the trees of the field will clap their hands. (Isaiah 55:12)

It was a spectacular week to be learning outside.

Nora perched; trees clapping behind her as she documented leaf rubbings in her hero’s notebook.

Listening to Robert Frost tell us through poetry that “nothing gold can stay,” we employed a range of perspectives to see our world.

Over the past two weeks we debuted t-shirts** designed by the heroes during their tribe-building quest.

Myla was the lead designer for the Elementary Studio version. While Lola was the lead designer for the Early Learning Studio version modeled by Asa below.

The prophet Isaiah describes the coming of Christ in the fifty fifth chapter and the trees clapping in response to His arrival.  It suggests trees will become so much more in the presence of the Messiah.  It suggests the rocks in the hills will become so much more as they sing the praise of the Anointed One in in their midst.

And I want to suggest that just like the trees and rocks around Journey Academy, each of us want to be changed by the presence of Jesus through our journeys as heroes.

May we all become so much more in His presence.

//Dr. T//

**stay tuned for more information about purchasing these hero designed shirts next week for Christmas.

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