At a date which is uncertain this month in 1624 George Fox was born, he was to become the founder of the Quakers and wrote these words, which seem to fit in so well with the lectionary at the moment I can’t help wondering if this letter was written around a similar lectionary period.
All dear Friends everywhere, who have no helper but the Lord, who is your strength and your life, let your cries and prayers be to him, who with his eternal power has kept your heads above all waters and storms. Let none go out of their habitations in the stormy time of the night, those whose habitation is the Lord, the Seed, Christ Jesus. In this seed you will see the bright and morning Star appear which will expel the night of darkness, by which morning Star you will come to the everlasting Day which was before night was. So everyone feel this bright morning Star in your hearts, there to expel the darkness.
Yesterday the lectionary led us to hear of Jesus calming the storm and here we are reminded of who it is who has the power to keep our heads above, not just a storm, but all storms and waters. The storms and waters that can so easily overcome us, darken our lives and cast deep shadows on our walk with Christ.
Two weeks ago the lectionary gave us the parable of the mustard seed, the Kingdom of God being likened unto it, while here George Fox calls Christ himself the Seed. I have never knowingly come across this idea before, that Christ himself is the Seed and I am not sure quite how I feel about it. Is Christ the Seed, the seed of faith, the seed of the Kingdom, the seed of something else? Maybe following on from my own post last week, Christ could be seen as the seed of spirituality, lots more to think upon.