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Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Lesson in a Kernel of Wheat: Death Precedes Life

While growing up in my home, my parents had a tradition of planting some wheat before Easter--and as children we enjoyed watching it grow. This family tradition became synonymous with the Easter season.  Now, it's such a joy to continue this tradition.


No need to buy grass seed; I simply used the wheat kernels that I mill in my on-the-counter grain mill. We used local organic wheat purchased at Prairie Foods in MB.


As I was doing this activity with my little guy I was once again reminded that death precedes life; I explained  that the kernel of wheat needs to die (to itself) in order to give life.  (This object lesson is great because it allows the little ones to get their hands dirty!)


Death precedes life. Such an incredible thought. Most of us seek fullfillment, and have this notion that true joyous life will follow our fullfillment or self-actualization. But actually nature teaches us quite the opposite; the kernel of wheat dies to itself in order to produce more life.

A kernel of wheat is a great Easter lesson.

Check out the fair-trade bashful bunny purchased from Ten Thousand Villages

In what ways do you need to engage in self-denial? In what ways to you need to love your neighbour, and even love your enemy in order to truly live?


A fair-trade Easter basket we made up. . .read more about it here

One of the ways we try to do this is make accomodation within our tight budget and buy local & fair-trade products (generally they cost a bit more) when we can; this essentially means less disposable income for us, and more for someone else (e.g. the farmer, the artisan, the textile worker across the seas) Click here for a post on why local & fair-trade matters.


Very truly I tell you, 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. (John 12:24)

Eugene Peterson in his paraphase beautifully says: “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal."


Drinking kombucha made with Camino fair-trade sugar from Ten Thousand Villages

After this "dirty" work we refreshed ourselves with a tall glass of homemade strawberry kombucha (cultured tea), which also happens to be so incredible for your health!  (A healthy gut belongs to a healthy person, which is why you want to get a healthy gut!) Kombucha makes for a fabulous spring-time drink, and its natural effervescence makes it a great soda-pop replacement.  

Looking to spring into some health this season? Shed some toxins? Interested in making your own kombucha? Kombucha cultures can be purchased here. And this spring we are offering an exciting Winnipeg-based cultured drink course.


Pictured above. . .a few wheat seedlings poking through the dirt--three days later.




We planted our wheat on Holy Week Tuesday, and it started poking through the ground on Good Friday. So beautifully poignant.

Looking for some quick & easy DIY Easter chocoalte ideas? Look no further! We've got a tasty fair-trade recipe awaiting you!


Make sure to check out all our Easter posts. . .

fair-trade finger puppets

  Check out this Canadian-made Easter bunny that hopped here from Saskatoon, SK. . . . lovingly made by Mary Grishchenko of Mashenka Rose.

Happy Easter!


Tags: localism  fair-trade  Easter 

Posted by Wholly Canadian at 3:16 PM


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