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Keep Your Heart Soft as Soil

It’s shaping up to be a dirty year… but perhaps you hadn’t heard. Today we celebrate a special patch of soil we call Australia and I thought it fitting to point out that 2015 is the International Year of Soils – as declared by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations. They want us to focus on the foundational importance of soil in producing sustainable food systems. “Healthy soils for a healthy life” is the motto. I like dirt. Dirt is the evidence of fun times on my son’s clothes when I dress him for bed. It’s the earthy womb that bears carrots and tomatoes and potatoes and beans to our table. People tell me it’s a special kind of therapy to sink your hands into it, sun-warmed and smelling sweet with decay, sifting weeds from its rich granules. Dirt is also the substance Jesus used to explain the state of the human heart in his story titled The Parable of the Sower. In Matthew 13 you will read of four different landscapes where …