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     (Trust in God)


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 Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,
Wheat that in the dark earth many years has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

In the grave they laid Him, Love Whom we had slain,
Thinking that He’d never wake to life again,
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

Up He sprang at Easter, like the risen grain,
He that for three days in the grave had lain;
Up from the dead my risen Lord is seen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

We are people of the resurrection! Whether we identify ourselves as Christian (what we believe), Lutheran (how we understand what we believe), or members of St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (how we express our belief), we are above all people of the resurrection.

This beautiful hymn calls to mind Jesus’ words “…Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” The imagery of the hymn vividly calls to mind the resurrection of our Lord, “love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.”

And we hear the proclamation that Christ is risen!

 

We are people of the resurrection. That reality goes beyond mere belief and creed, worship and tradition. We are transformed, just as a buriedseed is transformed as it springs up green, and that has implications for our lives. As people of the resurrection, we see the world and all that is in it differently, through the

eyes of those who have died with Christ in our Baptism, and have risen to new life. This is not just a

one time event. As Luther said, “…old creature in us … is to be drowned and die through daily … repentance, and … daily a new person is to come forth and arise up to live before God in righteousness

and purity forever.”

We must never lose sight of this reality. We live our lives as transformed people

who see all around us through the eyes of Christ. Even when life is difficult and death becomes a reality,

the words of the hymn reminds us…

When our hearts are saddened, grieving or in pain,
By Your touch You call us back to life again;
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.



Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! And so have we!

Pastor Paul


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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