Seeds of HopeLiquid Acrylic and Oils on Claybord. 4 panels 12X24in.

 

Sowing the Seed 

What happens in the soil, in dark places between sowing and reaping—in the waiting between fall and spring, between death and resurrection? If the viewer was able to peek into the darkness where a seed is buried, one could  glimpse it unfolding from death to life. But often we don’t get to witness this miracle.

Instead, we as planters must wait and watch above soil, praying with hope that one day what we have sown will sprout above ground and we will reap the fruits of our labor.

But in the meantime, no matter what chaos ensues above the surface or how the climate changes, we must trust that God is at work in the unseen places under the soil, making things grow.

This journey is recorded beautifully in Psalm 126, and has been the subject of much of my meditation lately.This Psalm is a communal lament, one of the Psalms of Ascent that were sung along the long, hard road to Jerusalem. 

Like this Psalm, the journey hangs in the tension of the already and not yet. This passage is book-ended on the one end with praise and celebration for where the Israelites have experienced God’s deliverance and, on the other end, with a promise that what we sow in tears we will reap with songs of joy. 

But in the middle is a petition. Sandwiched between songs of praise is a lament cast into the ground like the seed itself: “Restore our fortunes, Lord, like streams in the Negev.” In the middle, we are invited to sow in tears. Read More...

 


 


Scarification in Planting

“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life." - John 12:23-25

In order for a seed to germinate, it must go through what gardeners call “scarification.” Scarification is the process of breaking down and cracking the shell through external conflict such as alternate freezing and thawing, singeing by forest fires, or being digested by animals. Sounds awesome, right?   Read More..


 


Waiting in the Soil

As laborers in the harvest field, we work and sweat, hoping for a positive result from what we plant.  Then there are the many months of silence and stillness in the winter months in-between the sowing and reaping seasons. Psalm 130 speaks of the journey of waiting in those dark, cold months for God to come through with the light of spring.  Read more.


 


Reaping Hope

When we moved into our house, my mother-in-law gave us a little potted plant. Impatiens plants are appropriately named. They are impatient for water and wilt if not watered frequently. In the stress of our move, I neglected the plant for weeks. The flowers fell off and it turned deathly brown. I almost threw it away, but decided to water it and see what happens..Read more...