Sowing seeds is always an act of faith that always feels risky and feeble. How can something so small become something so beautiful, so big, and so nourishing?
Some seeds won’t germinate and instead remain buried in the ground. Of those seeds that do, some of the weak sprouts must be weeded out for their stronger neighbors to thrive. To survive, the remaining plants need plenty of moisture, but hard rain easily pummels young plants. And pests can devour them before they have a chance to develop.
And yet, our entire food system depends on seeds. All plants begin with seeds.
Dreams sow the seeds of joy, even if that joy doesn’t immediately spring forth. Like Mary, we are called to tend and nurture the dreams God has woven into us.
This video meditation lights the third candle of Advent: the Candle of Joy.
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Related Advent sermons:
“Like Those Who Dream,” from Mark 13:24-37, about Jesus’s caution to “keep awake” for his return.
“Something New Begins,” from Mark 1:1-8, about “preparing the way” for Jesus to enter our lives.
“Connecting the Dots,” from Luke 1:39-56, about Mary’s song of praise for God choosing her to be the bearer of God’s dreams.