Examples of seed
It may be rendered “lives just for himself.” lives for others.”
In some languages loves his own life may be expressed idiomatically as “keeps hanging onto his own life.” The contrast then may be set up as “lets go of his own life.”
25 “Whoever loves only himself will lose out completely” or “Whoever loves to do only what he wants to do will end up with nothing” or “…will come to an end” or “…will finally have nothing.”
5037 The 800-Year Rose
In Romsey, England, an expert in ancient plants has identified a seed discovered inside an abbey wall as an 856-year-old rose. Workmen found the rose behind a medieval painting in a hole sealed in 1120.
Think of it! A seed preserved and isolated for 856 years. That seed which was never allowed to fall into the ground, die, and spring up as a beautiful rose bush.
5040 Origin Of The Dahlias
It is said that when Lord Lindsay and some of the members of his company went into one of the pyramids they were permitted to open one of the mummies, and they saw in the hand one of the bulbous and tuberous roses. According to the rules of interpreting hieroglyphics, they determined that the person had been encased perhaps three thousand years. And as soon as the air touched the mummy the roses all crumbled to the finest dust save the seed of the rose, which was gathered and brought to England and planted in one of the gardens of Lord Lindsay; and it shot up a stalk to bear a beautiful flower. The question was asked what it should be called. There was nothing in the range of their botany like it.
And the Lord said, “We will name it for the Swedish botanist. We will call it Dahl.” And this is the origin of the name of one of the species of dahlia. Coming across three thousand years, it still lives.
—James E. Denton
5041 The Mummy-Pit Seed
Some years ago a vase hermetically sealed was found in a mummy-pit in Egypt, by the English traveler Wilkinson, who sent it to the British museum. The librarian there, having unfortunately broken it, discovered in it a few grains of wheat and one or two peas, old, wrinkled and hard as stone.
The peas were planted carefully under glass on the 4th of June, 1844, and at the end of thirty days these old seeds were seen to spring up into new life. They had been buried probably about three thousand years ago, perhaps in the time of Moses, and had slept all that long time, apparently dead, yet still living in the dust of the tomb.
6153 Epigram On Suffering
• It is easier to suffer in silence if you are sure someone is watching.
The one who hoards his life to himself in this life, will lose it, and the one who spends his life in this world for the sake of the Gospel, for the sake of others will find eternal life.