I have, on this blog, shared several times about our “Cookie Flinging” both at Girdwood Chapel and now at Seward UMC. The Biblical basis of this comes from “The Parable of the Sower”:
“Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” And he said, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” (Mark 4:3-9).
The tale gets told this way in our congregations… Take a look at how that sower goes out to plant his seeds. When we think of most planting, we think of nice little rows of carefully planted seed. But this sower, he’s just tossing the seed out willy-nilly. Some is going on the rock and the path and the thorns…BUT… but some landed on the good soil and yielded much grain. So, says the author of OUTFLOW: Outward-focussed living in an inward-focussed world, “I want to be a prodigious, indiscriminate seed-flinger for Jesus.” We should be doing acts of love in the world, in the name of Jesus, flinging love left and right, for all persons, not being careful where that love lands, but sure that some of it will fall on good soil. We trust that God’s love is effective.