This is a funny old Advent post – I have some thoughts without a conclusion! I’ve decided perhaps that it’s best to let you readers do the concluding, as my own thoughts are very open-ended.
Ever since Advent started, seeds have been on my mind.
Having re-read Jesus’ words about the kingdom of God being like a seed, I decided to germinate a few indoor seeds of my own. Here are the seeds (one jar quick-growing, and one much slower) and various quotations about seeds:
'Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream.' Debby Boone
'A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.' John Ciardi
'Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities - that's training or instruction - but is rather making visible what is hidden as a seed.' Thomas More
‘What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches’. Jesus, speaking in Luke chapter 13.
‘There are those who think that the kingdom of God should, like a powerful wind, blow all before it. Others think that the kingdom ought to shake the world to the core, like an earthquake. There are still others who see it as a sweeping, cleansing fire. Jesus’ description in today’s reading is of his kingdom being more like a quiet whisper, which shouldn’t surprise us. After all, God doesn’t change.’ David Robertson , referring to the words of Jesus above. 'And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see - or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.' Alice Walker
'Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.' John Harrigan
I'm meditation on what kinds of seeds I'm planting, and I wonder what you hope for in terms of planting and harvesting, yourselves...
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