Planting a Body Seed
I think of planting seeds when we put a body in the ground. It will rise again.
It appears that all cultures have a ritual connected with death. Today the body of a dear friend of mine is planted in the ground in a cemetery in Iowa. It is sown in corruption. Regardless of preservation, that body will take on corruption. Today is not a good day to speak of that if I were speaking with family, I suppose. After a death, we tend to dwell on the eternal. Reality, however, sets in at a graveside service.
It is then that the reality of death being part of life becomes a truth. We must dispose of the shell in which the spirit of that body dwelt. Paul spoke of it as taking on corruption, but also spoke of the incorruptible. All of I Corinthians 15 teaches about the resurrection and in particular, verses 51-55. This passage describes the decay of the mortal and the life of the immortal. “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.” I quote from verse 51. At the second appearing of Christ, the graves will be opened, the dead in Christ will rise first, then those who remain will be caught up to be with Christ. (I Thessalonians 4:15-18) So, should the Lord come as Paul tells us, before I die, the body seeds of my parents, my sister, and my sweet friend Margaret, will take on incorruptible and we will “fly away” as the song joyfully states!
Those are blessed verses on which to dwell on a day when another body seed is planted. “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. . .” If I happen to escape death and am alive on that wonderful day, I suppose those friends who have known me for some time will be able to say to me, “Karyl you are so slow!”
Dear Reader, if you do not know Christ as your Savior, and are not certain of that eternal life, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be more than happy to introduce you to my Savior.