Too Brief



The unquiet spirit of a flower
That hath too brief an hour.
~Ellen Mackay Hutchinson Cortissoz


All people are like grass,
    and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
     but the word of the Lord endures forever.
And this is the word that was preached to you.
1Peter 1:24-25

Like seeds released when buffeted,
or simply blown at the moment of ripeness,
may I settle to listen, no longer unquiet
as your Word goes forth on wings
to far corners and hidden places;
a too-brief whole
scattering new life to the wind.





2 thoughts on “Too Brief

  1. Emily, your comment on 1 Peter captures that meaning in a very special way because you make it relevant – personal – to us and our time in history.

    One of the greatest Gospel parables that Jesus is quoted as having taught is that of the Sower [and the Seed]. It has always been one that I can relate to immediately. When we ‘witness’ our faith beliefs or cite the biblical Word of God to another person, whether by word of mouth or by our actions, we are, in effect, sowing seeds.

    The same impediments to hearing and understanding what we witness are the same as those that Jesus
    encountered: thorns, rocky ground, poor rooting system, etc. However, the seed that falls on good, rich soil is taken to heart and changes a person’s life and will produce much ‘fruit.’

    As we cope with life in a post-Christian world today we, too, are assaulted by innumerable forces that try to distract and turn us from the Word of God and all that He has promised us through the Incarnate Jesus.

    There is a certain element of mystery in ‘planting seeds however’: It is not always for us to know if the seeds that we have planted will take root and flourish. But the Gardner knows. That is all that we need to know. We have done our job.

    (For further reading of this parable, see the Synoptic Gospels: Mark 4:3-8; Matthew 13: 3-8, Luke 8: 5-8 – and the Gospel of Thomas 9 in the Gnostic Gospels.)


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