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Consider this quote from Abe Lincoln

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."



One time, many years ago there was a lonely seed that no one wanted and it had been discarded out into the weeds on the edge of the fence line. Being a seed was not an easy life and there were many perils. When you are a seed the key is to lay very very still so that you won’t be seen. Birds came along and tried to eat the little seed and as time went on leaves fell on top of the little seed and covered it up. Without the sunlight the seed was very cold and still for a long time.

After a few months of being dark and cold the seed suddenly felt a change and on the outside soon sent up a shoot and gave off two cute little leaves. Everyone who saw that little seedling commented how cute it was and so they left it alone. Soon it grew and grew and suddenly became a gangling looking plant hanging on the fence and spreading out into the yard. Its’ leaves continued to grow and the cute little plant just looked awkward and people tended to ignore it again. A few people even looked at the plant that came from the little seed and thought perhaps someone should kill it.

The awkward little seed that had grown into a plant then suddenly discovered that it had big yellow flowers on it. For the little seed this was so embarrassing. Instead of having flowers that were beautiful pink, or blue, or red the little seeds’ flower was pale yellow and didn’t smell as good as other flowers. Before long the flowers died and were replaced with strange growths that really made the plant look and feel weird. The little seed tried to hide these growths under its leaves, but the more the plant grew the harder and harder it was for the leaves to hide them.

Before the seed knew what happened the plant it had grown into began to die back leaving the growths exposed and yet suddenly the seed noticed that people were again excited about it. They took those growths away where they would go to make other people very happy and this made the little seed very happy indeed. It was as though its entire existence had been for a great reason and this made the little seed feel very important. It had endured many changes throughout its life, but in the end was loved by many.

So this fall when you order that pumpkin spiced coffee or put a little whipped cream on your pie, remember the little seed, that no one really paid attention to, but whose purpose was so very important.

See you next week…remember, we’re all in this together.