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Grinding Stones

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

On a recent trip West, to my home town, we visited McConnell’s Mill.  There lying a distance from the old mill, were several disguarded grinding stones. Powered by the creek running past the mill, these old stones had ground wheat/ grain for years long gone.  They had done their job serving both farmers and families.

It brings to mind a passage from the Gospel of John.  Christ offered the words “I tell you that unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.  But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” … challenging words, a “hard saying” as it were, and a hope filled one.

Life presents us with numerous “deaths.”   Problems are not conquered as much as they switched out, one for another.  Life often appears to grind us down.  Like the stones,  fate presents as rather rudimentary – an uncaring, unattached set of stones there to simply grind away anything placed between the two of them.  In speaking to a friend recently who is facing a troubled economic future, one can hear the grinding wheels spinning.  I believe we have all been in that place.

Christ was clear on that fact – “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!”  To me, what His words mean, is that yes, there are times when we are “ground down” so to speak.  There is little pleasant or happy about those moments … moments that are unavoidable in this life. From that point what we need to ask is, what is it that is getting “ground?’  What is the part that is being stripped away?  And what is the part, that maybe, just maybe is being born, processed or planted?