by Mark Weinrich
I am overwhelmed with wonder by memory in a seed, by the record packed of what it would be, by vitality and will to rise, even when all its kind were dead. Yet this date palm seed, leftover from a meal at Masada 2000 years ago, captured the imagination of one who pondered if it could be sown. When its grass-like blade broke the earth, this seedling shook the world. Not in a thousand years had this delicacy for Romans and staple in Israel breathed the air. Being at once the youngest, yet oldest of its kind, this male date palm was dubbed Methuselah. I am amazed by the memory of this seed that bore it up through ages of darkness into the light. And I am reminded that when my time is sown, I will rise, for I am a part of the family tree of Him who burst the garden tomb and broke the chains of night.
Author’s note: Methuselah is the first resurrected Biblical plant and can be found on the Internet or YouTube using “2000-year-old seed germinates.”
Mark Weinrich lives a creative life as a writer, photographer, musician, and artist—all wrapped together in an outdoorsman. He is a retired pastor and nine-year cancer survivor. His writing and photography have appeared in over 130 news stand, inspirational, and literary publications. He has sold eight children’s books and currently has two fantasy novels on Kindle.