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Rev. Eddie Scheler

Remember the power, potential of a tiny seed

Having grown up in central Texas, I have always believed a hill covered in bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes is about as pretty of a spring picture as God could paint. However, as we celebrate our first spring in Alabama, there is a "stop the car and stare" beauty in the Bradford pears and azaleas, and many other flowers and trees that I haven't learned yet.

It is amazing to me how trees and bushes that looked so dead a few weeks ago can be so full of life today. But with Easter only one week away, springtime gives us a glimpse of the most beautiful portrait from the hand of God — the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

It reminds me of a story I read years ago about a grave in Hanover, Germany. The grave is covered with huge slabs of granite that are also fastened together with steel clasps. The marker over the grave reads, "This burial place must never be opened." The grave belongs to a woman who absolutely did not believe in the resurrection.

But here is where it gets good. Over time a seed began to grow up through the granite. As the trunk enlarged it not only pushed the huge rocks aside but also broke the steel clasps.

Finally, the tiny seed grew so much it pushed the stones aside and became a magnificent tree.

Life and death

Imagine a tiny seed giving witness that life does conquer death. That is a reminder we are blessed to see every spring. But most of all it is a reminder we are blessed to celebrate every Easter. Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, 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" (John 12:24).

And 2000 years later, Jesus is still producing many seeds.

So take the time during the next several weeks to experience the power of the Lord in worship. Take the time to notice the beauty of creation all around us and remember the power of a single seed.

Let's slow down and enjoy the bountiful blessings the Lord has placed in our lives. Tell the Lord and your loved ones how much they mean to you.

With my oldest daughter turning 17 today, I am realizing more and more how fleeting time is. Thank God that he is in control of time and eternity.

Treasure the beauty of the day here in North Alabama, and let me say, "Happy Birthday, Christa Nicole!"

The Rev. Eddie Scheler, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, is one of several local ministers writing religion columns for The Daily. For more information, call Melanie Smith at 340-2468.

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