Quote of the Day: Isaiah heard the Creator poetically proclaim that “Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down/And do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful/ Giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth: It shall not return to my void, but shall do good will, achieving at last what was sent all along.”
Commentary: What an evolutionary trajectory is spelled out in this proclamation: the hydrological cycle allowing the land to bear fruit, it seeds sown and ground into bread for the hungry, renewing the cycle.
We are part of that cycle and fully dependent upon its continuance. And we are among the seeds that allow life to emerge, flourish and regenerate. Think of the power of what was said by the indigenous families of Guerrero, whose daughters and sons were mowed down and their bodies hidden in the ground: “They tried to bury us, but they didn’t know that we too were seeds…”
Suggested Action #11: As spring comes on in your area, prepare to sow seeds, transplant bulbs, and graft scion wood onto root stock for later planting. Be part of the cycle of regeneration that defy random acts of destruction. Bring friends together to help renew the earth, and in doing so, help renew the bonds in your community.
Gary Paul Nabhan aka Brother Coyote is a professed member of the Ecumenical Order of Franciscans, a graduate of the Living School, a conservation biologist, orchard-keeper and story-teller.