Sowing Seeds of Love

oxen plowing in Côte d’Ivoire

Hosea 10:11-12

11 Ephraim is a trained heifer that loves to thresh; so I will put a yoke on her fair neck. I will drive Ephraim, Judah must plow, and Jacob must break up the ground. 12 Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. (NIV)

 You’ve made me your heifer
                pulling the plow,
 you’ve shaped me and trained me,
                showing me how
 to lean to the left when your
                strong hand presses,
 to walk straight ahead, 
                cleaning up messes
 and tearing out weeds, 
                preparing the way
 for planting the seed in that soil
                on the day
 when all is in readiness,
                soft dirt tilled,
 and we press in the seeds ‘til
                the rows are all filled.
 You bring out the seed: 
                it’s sorted, it’s good;
 it’s all about health and 
                the way that we should
 be loving our neighbor, 
                helping the torn,
 the poor, the lost,
                the hungry, the worn,
 carefully living,
 the love of the Father
                for you and for me
 and for all the husbandless,
                all those alone,
 for all of the fatherless
                needing a home.
 You must give the seed;
                my own is diseased.
 You must show me how I should 
                plant it, then please –
 you must send the rain that will
                make the shoots thrive,
 the rain of what’s right
                and of hope that’s alive.
 The roots will go deep,
                the stems will grow tall,
 the leaves will shout green and
                the blossoms will fall
 to make way for grain 
                that is bred up above:
 a life-giving harvest 
                of unfailing love. 

When I think of “sowing seed” I think of taking the Good News – the parable of the sower and the different soils. This passage in Hosea is about action that results in hesed, that love that was my focus last week. When we do what is right, when we live out justice and mercy, the community is changed. Relationships become characterized by love as needs are met, wounds healed, honor given to those who are marginalized.

In this moment in our lives, how are we sowing this kind of seed? There is need for racial reconciliation. There are people hurting due to social isolation during the pandemic. We also need to forgive the hurts of harsh words and find out how to repair misunder-standings. What would you add? How are you finding ways to sow love?

May we reap an amazing harvest of unfailing love!

Published by Linnea Boese

After spending most of my life in Africa, as the child of missionaries then in missions with my husband, I am now retired and free to use my time to write! I am working on publishing poetry and on writing an autobiography. There have been many adventures, challenges and wonderful blessings along the way -- lots to share!

2 thoughts on “Sowing Seeds of Love

  1. This is so touching, as all your writing is. It expands on the scripture of Jesus telling us to take His Yoke upon us as His yoke is light and His burden easy.

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