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a seed planted

Lance_ReneeAfter returning home to the United States from a short trip to Zimbabwe, Africa, I paid a special visit to a grocery store. As I walked through the doors, I tried to imagine what it would feel like to enter as a Zimbabwean who had just arrived here for the first time.

I thought, the sheer volume and variety of produce would be quite overwhelming, I’m sure! 

Our trip to that southern African country had ended just before the rainy season began. But throughout the rural areas, we witnessed farmers planting maize (corn) and soybeans. We learned that they plant seeds on the parched soil, and then hope that the rains will come. The trouble is, often the rain comes so hard and fast that it washes away the seed before it can actually sink into the soil.

Now, I am not a farmer. I don’t even have a vegetable garden, although someday I’d like to try to grow tomatoes. But during this season of plenty in the United States, as we’ve been “bringing in the sheaves” and planning for our Thanksgiving “feast,” I vividly recall those people whom I saw struggling to survive in Zimbabwe.

I am drawn to the conclusion that, today, Christians are to be constantly reminded of all the good things, both spiritually and materially, that God offers to His people.

Meister Eckhart, the German theologian, wrote, If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.  I am grateful for the freedom I enjoy in this country because of the sacrifices of other people; for the gift of “Living Water” (the Holy Spirit) who flows through each of us; and for the assurance of hope in Jesus Christ, one seed planted at a time.

—   Lt. Colonel Renée Lance
Territorial Pathway of Hope Coordinator

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