Day 326: Ezekiel 25-26; James 3

"The seed that flowers into righteousness will always be planted in peace by those who embrace peace." (James 3:18, The Voice)

This past spring we planted marigolds among the other flowers in our flowerbed. Conditions must have been just perfect for them, for they flourished. In fact, they took over the flowerbed. They are such common flowers, and yet I find their variegated shades of yellow, orange and red so beautiful. Now, they are in various stages of the end of their life-cycle. If you take just one of those wilted and dried out flowers, they are loaded with seeds. Given the right conditions, next year our whole front yard could be populated with marigolds.

In this world, their are those who selfishly plant dissent and division. We know their original cultivator. But, those who plant peace because they embrace peace, and this because they have been embraced by the Prince of Peace, these will reap a harvest of righteousness. In the end, righteousness (right living) triumphs. Such seed-bearing-fruit will populate eternity, by grace. So, choose to be peacemakers in a world where peace-breakers seem to dominate the press. After all, the Prince of Peace once said: "Blessed are the peacemakers—they will be called children of God." (Matthew 5:9, The Voice).


Nancy Johnson - November 21st, 2023 at 11:35pm

This touched my heart today. I strive to be a peace maker.

Jonathan Merki - November 22nd, 2023 at 9:06pm

Thanks and amen!

Natalie Barringer - November 22nd, 2023 at 9:28am

This takes me back to my late Dad. His garden was a mass of marigolds each year. It was, in it itself, a peaceful scene. And a peaceful memory for me.

Jonathan Merki - November 22nd, 2023 at 9:06pm