“The shovel he uses to sift the wheat from the husks is in his hands. He will clean out his threshing area and bring the wheat into his barn.
But he will burn the husks with a fire that can’t be put out.”
There’s a weed that might be growing on your lawn in the springtime called “milkweed.” Its stiff stem has a little globe on top that looks like white feathers. If you pick up the week and blow on it, the tiny particles float away in the air.
This is something like the grain and the chaff of which John the Baptist speaks in this passage. A winnowing fork was used to lift up the wheat—the light husk-like matter called chaff, just blowing away in the breeze, leaving the whole grain.
Do you want to be someone that God can use for God’s purposes? Then let what is happening to you, either good or bad, be what God is using as a “winnowing fork” to loosen in you what needs to go, leaving behind what needs to stay. By keeping your eyes on what God is doing rather than what others are doing or what appears to be only “happening” to you, you will be reminded that God is in charge of your life and longs to bring out the very best in you. Will you let God do that!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
Sifting my wheat from the husks v. 17
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the Second Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north. Year C
On Fridays we read the Gospel of Luke
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…