Like Seed Corn by Amy Carmichael

Luk 13:18,19 Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.

Joh_12:24,25  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

As the seed corn sheddeth on the threshingfloor
That which once was precious–needed now no more–
So the nearest, dearest that would hold in thrall
Let Thy winnowing fingers loosen:
     Love by Lord of all.

As the seed corn falleth in the quiet ground;
As it lieth hidden, with no stir nor sound–
So would I, Thy seed corn, deep in stillness fall,
That of me there may be nothing:
     Thou be All in all.

As the seed corn springeth lowly at Thy feet–
Spear of green uplifteth, yieldeth ear of wheat–
So in tender mercy, though the seed by small,
Let it bring forth Thy glory
Who are Lord of all.

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