Mahatma Gandhi used to say, “Every Child that is born comes as a LOVE-LETTER from God, saying, ‘LOOK! I HAVE NOT GIVEN UP ON YOU YET!'” Gandhi’s Hero, Jesus Christ, seems to have felt that way about every seed. He spoke so often and so passionately about the POTENTIAL and the POWER of each and every one for bettering, beautifying, feeding the earth – and even, when referring to the seeds of FAITH WITHIN US, “to move mountains!”
Though at every moment of the year they are being planted somewhere, right now we are at THE SEASON OF THE SEEEEEEEEDS!!!!! As soon as i finish this reflection, i will be out in the dirt with my Rudy, trying to revive my lawn. i hold in my palm these little heart-fuls of seeds and actually see a dirty dead mess A NEW SEA OF GREEN!!!!
When i hear the horrors of this year’s presidential primary/fiasco, when i consider many of the words coming from the mouths of these “potentials” for LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD, i look back to 1896, 1900, AND 1908 when the Democrats’ candidate was William Jennings Bryan. WOW! THREE ATTEMPTS, but the Republicans then were so together!!!!!! Though he did not win, oooooohhhh, how Bryan did inspire!!! Oh, how he made people THINK and BELIEVE in our POTENTIAL…in what America could be! Even before Gandhi, he spoke so eloquently and lovingly of each person as a vessel of hope. And maybe no one – except Jesus – marveled at a seed more than William Bryan. One day he was asked by an atheist about “the mystery of God,” and the Congressman from Nebraska (who, by the way, “felt the Bern” way before Bernie, his lifetime goal being to break the banks with their “evil money power” and put more in the hands of the hard-working common man), William Bryan said to that man:
”Observe the mighty power of the watermelon seed. It draws from the earth and through itself 200,000 times its weight. When you can tell me how a tiny watermelon seed takes this material and out of it colors an outside surface beyond the imitation of art, and then forms inside of that a white rind, and within that again a red heart, thickly inlaid with tiny black seeds, each one which in turn is capable of drawing through itself 200,000 times its weight; when you can explain to me the mystery of one watermelon seed, then I’ll explain to you the Mystery of God.”