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Larry's Lines

September 01 2020

John 12:20-36
23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 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. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me”.
In our scripture for today, Jesus gives a prediction of his own death. Living with knowing someone we love is going to die soon, is hard. Most of us have gone through this time of waiting and it’s not fun. The disciples did not want to hear it. We don’t want to hear it. We, nor they, could imagine what it would be like to live without someone we love. Somehow, we find a way to go on. 
I find the thing that helps me go on is to remember the person. In our family this year we lost my Dad. We knew that it wouldn’t be long, but we were still sad. The thing that helps us, is to remember him. Things happen and our girls remind me of stories he told about being in the Korean War, his tales of life as a commercial fisherman, and certainly the stories he told about me. It’s like that part of today’s scripture where we hear “unless a seed dies”. I love that verse!

We have some yellow meat watermelon seeds drying out in the kitchen window. The girls like the taste of the yellow. I like how it reminds me of when I was 5 or 6 years old and we went to a farm up in Escatawpa and picked some yellow meat watermelon. It was a fun outing as a child with a great pay off. I am excited about trying to grow my own. If the seeds remain in my window, they are nothing. If we plant them, they just might produce fruit! I am not sure if our soil is the right kind. Hopefully, if I spend the time to nurture and protect them as they grow, we will get some watermelons. Each one of them will then produce more seeds from which more watermelons may grow.
What a simple explanation of the Kingdom. Jesus gave his life so that we may live. If we are willing to give our lives to the Kingdom as we live, then we pass from this life to the next, those seeds we are planting will grow and some of them will become new fruit!
So, keep on sowing my friends! When the world throws us a curveball, keep sowing!  When we are not seeing any results, keep sowing! When the weeds seem to be taking over, keep sowing and tending! God will bless our efforts and while we may not see the fruit, it will be there!
I am so thankful for the sowing that many people have done in my life. I am a better sower because of them! Who is it that has sown in your life? Where are you sowing your seeds?