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The seasons and the life/death cycle? August 17, 2004 9:56 AM

How has observing the cycles of life and death in your garden influenced you? Does it make you think of other aspects of the life/death/rebirth journey? Do you have a greater appreciation or understanding of life from gardening? Please share your thoughts and insights.  [ send green star]
 August 17, 2004 11:19 AM

Jesus used the metaphor of a sower sowing seeds as an illustration about hearing the salvation message in Matthew Chapter 13. A christian sharing the good news about being saved from sin is like sowing a seed which can mature into a plant which will in turn produce many more seeds to be planted. However, it is still up to each individual person if they choose to accept that true....they can be different "soil" Another thing I learned from plants is that we can water and we can weed and maintain the plant but we have no control over it's growth. Christians can share with people what God is doing in their lives but ultimatly we are not out to convince people to believe...that is God's job just as He takes care of the plants and animals. The Bible says...if He care for the lilies and the sparrows so well, how much more does He cares and provide for us!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 August 22, 2004 10:34 AM

Thanks Ron! It's true, that many world religions rely on plants as their metaphor. I am really intrigued by the Green Man, who appears in pre-Christian history, and then is invoked later in Christianity, particularly in hundreds of churches and cathedrals throughout the British Isles. He is an amazing and rich figure, one that has a counterpart throughout the world, spanning thousands of years, and appealing to a multiplicity of faiths. He represents life, death, and rebirth - of the seasons, of life on earth, of the soul...  [ send green star]
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