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The Promise of a Seed

In January and February I receive seed catalogues in the mail. I page through them, planning what I will plant in the spring, and I send in my order (or place it on-line).

When the seed packets arrive they hold the promise of plants—herbs, flowers and vegetables. It is my pleasure to start some of the plants inside, watching for them to sprout. Each seed will sprout according to its kind, just the way it is recorded in the Bible.

Rouge Vif D’etampes Pumpkin and Inca Jewels Tomato

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. Genesis 1:11 KJV

The word, seed, appears in the Bible a great number of times referring to descendants. When Mary sings the magnificat she alludes to the descendants of Abraham.

He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; as he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed forever. Luke 1: 54-55 KJV

In the Hebrews chapter on faith, Sara’s pregnancy is mentioned.

Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Hebrews 11: 11 KJV

There is joy and blessing in fertility and fruitfulness.

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Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

6 Comments on “The Promise of a Seed

  1. As a farmers daughter/granddaughter/niece, I love this post. Something so holy about watching seeds grow.

    1. It is so good to observe God’s creation–the unfolding of seeds into plants. Thanks for visiting, Tara! Have a blessed weekend.

    1. It is hard to comprehend what Sarai and Abraham felt as they waited many years for the promise of a child. Thanks for visiting, Lisa!

  2. Seeds hold so much potential! Your post reminds me of the parable of the sower as well and how so often the fruitfulness depends not just on the seed but on where it is sown.

    1. So true! Last year I tried planting a herb, stinging nettle and it did not germinate. This year I followed explicit directions and planted it in a rich moist soil with success.

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