” . . . seeds the peacemakers plant in peace.”

“But the wisdom from above is pure first of all; it is also peaceful, gentle, and friendly; it is full of compassion and produces a harvest of good deeds; it is free from prejudice and hypocrisy.  And goodness is the harvest that is produced from the seeds the peacemakers plant in peace.” (James 3:17-18)

Sometimes I’m drawn to take a photo and only later look back and have an opportunity to contemplate what sparked my attention.  I think this particular subject initially hooked me because of the symmetry and simplicity.  It’s an empty female pine cone, devoid of its seeds, just hanging around waiting for the right wind to blow it onto the ground and into the next phase of its life cycle – rot and decay.  The collapse of its symmetry and disintegration into the soil will aid in the new life of the very seeds that fell from its pockets.  What a miracle!  This morning the photo started me wondering about seeds – and their lasting effects . . .

Ever buy a bag of grass seed and scatter it, only to discover in the following weeks that the bag of grass seed had been contaminated by some other sort of seed?  The effects of that inadvertent casting of the wrong seeds could last for months and even well into another season – or seasons.  As I’ve continued to watch the continuing evolution of this political season, I (like others) have been intrigued by some of the issues, reactions, and agendas that have emerged.  Let’s face it, many of us have been startled to see such vitriolic responses wreaked by some upon others.  “Where did that come from?” we hear commentators and each other ask?  It makes me wonder when and how the seeds of some of those responses were planted, and what will come from some of the hate-filled seeds I see currently being scattered.

The casting of seeds has lasting effects.  Ask any parent, they can testify to the lasting effects of seeds planted with their children.  The writer of James certainly reminds us of that when he says, “And goodness is the harvest that is produced from the seeds the peacemakers plant in peace.”  I pray that God will help me carefully exam the seeds I’m sowing so God’s goodness will emerge in the harvest.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,


Pastor, Cross Lanes United Methodist Church

Cross Lanes, West Virginia


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~ by revgenelson on April 6, 2016.

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