Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith

Norris, Kathleen

Riverhead, 1998

pp 242-45

Mark 4:27 speaks eloquently of an ordinary miracle: “‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise, night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.” So Norris imagines a wheat field and superimposed on it, a quote from Martin Luther: “'If you could understand a single grain of wheat you would die of wonder.' So it is with the seed of a compliment, or an encouragement, or a word of forgiveness, or God's word sown into a human heart. Who can understand the good fruit of these things?”