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DAY 41

— Read: John 19:31-42

I didn’t inherit my grandma’s green thumb. But I always loved strolling through her yard. Every corner, every bed had a different arrangement of flowers, a different combination of colors.

Some of my fondest memories are with Grandma’s small pail of tools, digging through the dirt, making tiny rows ready for the seeds. The seeds were a marvel to me. So small, yet so full of promise.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Jesus wasn’t buried in a cemetery or a mass grave (where most people who were crucified were buried).

They buried Jesus’ body in a garden.

“There was a garden in the place where He was crucified. A new tomb was in the garden; no one had yet been placed in it. They placed Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation and since the tomb was nearby.” (John 19:41-42)

Seeds are planted in gardens. And so it is with Christ, whose body becomes the seed for life — real life that never ends, never decays.

Jesus gave His life so that others might live.

And if I’m to follow in His footsteps, I must ask myself: What seeds am I planting today? Am I living, and giving, my life in such a way that others might live?


 

— Diving Deeper —

How is your life like seed?
In what ways are you “planting” yourself for the sake of others?

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Denise J. Hughes

A lover of words and the Word. Author of #DeeperWaters and the #WordWriters Bible studies.

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