Sown seed.

December 5, 2008 at 9:36 pm 3 comments

I spent some time this morning looking back to the last day of 1994.  That was the day we lost our son Paul.  I go back often, almost every day because I want to remember, to never forget.  We are leaving in a few minutes to visit friends Royal and Rachel in Kansas (about 3.5 hours away) to see their new baby Willow.  Willow take her name from her Uncle Willy who died almost 20 months ago.  As was true for us, nothing in all their lives has been the same since that April day.  All of those thoughts led me to something Henri Nouwen wrote years ago.  Words of hope for all who have lost loved ones, hope for those who have had to sow seeds prematurely.

He writes:  Our short lives on earth are sowing time. If there were no resurrection of the dead, everything we live on earth would come to nothing. How can we believe in a God who loves us unconditionally if all the joys and pains of our lives are in vain, vanishing in the earth with our mortal flesh and bones? Because God loves us unconditionally, from eternity to eternity, God cannot allow our bodies – the same as that in which Jesus, his Son and our savior, appeared to us – to be lost in final destruction.

No, life on earth is the time when the seeds of the risen body are planted. Paul says: “What is sown is perishable, but what is raised is imperishable; what is sown is contemptible but what is raised is glorious; what is sown is weak, but what is raised is powerful; what is sown is a natural body, and what is raised is a spiritual body” (1 Corinthians 15:42-44). This wonderful knowledge that nothing we live in our bodies is lived in vain holds a call for us to live every moment as a seed of eternity.

The sad reality of another Christmas and new year without our loved ones is not without pain but the knowledge that our loving Father has made a way for us to be together again does bring hope.  We may have already sown seed but we still anticipate a harvest.


Entry filed under: Belief, Christian, Family, Friendship, Henri Nouwen, Holy Spirit, Kingdom, Theology, Thoughts, Travel, Uncategorized.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sumijoti  |  December 6, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    I can relate so much. Christmas this year…oy vei!

  • 2. kaylee  |  December 6, 2008 at 12:55 am

    I do anticipate the harvest like never before. I appreciate those words.

    Kiss my baby niece from her auntie!

  • 3. Royal  |  December 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Your statement about things not being the same is so true, though Willie was not my biological brother his death caused ripples in my pond because I am part of his Family and he is part of mine. See you this afternoon.

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