by Nick Jowett
How shall we sing God's kingdom here,
portrayed for human knowing?
It's like a tiny mustard seed
within the garden growing.
This seed, so hard to see,
can grow into a spreading tree.
Here all can find a home,
like birds with nests protected.
What image shows us God's domain
as Jesus once described it?
It's like a giant bowl of flour,
a little yeast inside it.
This mixture, as he said,
can raise up many loaves of bread.
We'll all be lifted up,
like dough which always rises.
How can we understand ourselves
as those whom Christ can nourish?
We're like the salt cast on the ground
to make the garden flourish.
But it will be a waste
if we should ever lose our taste.
We'll strive to salt the earth,
unseen, but very useful.
What picture tells us who we are
with Jesus our example?
We're like the lamp set on a stand,
Our deeds must be so fine
they make Christ's love and mercy shine,
So all who see rejoice
and praise our heavenly Father.