Dead Lawns

April 22, 2000
by Mary Jane Hanson

1 Peter 2:24 – Christ himself carried our sins in his body to the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. (GNB)

The following story is not newsworthy, but if it were, the article might read: "Careless homeowner damages lawn." If the newspaper asked for our side of the story, this could be our reply: "We did not intend to kill the lawn, but it just happened."

Last spring we had concrete work done at our home. We asked the contractor to stack the leftover sidewalk blocks neatly on the lawn. "The blocks will make a base to hold our shed. Please save them for us to use later." One month later: "Sheds are expensive to build, and take up too much space. Let's sell the sidewalk blocks." This was easily accomplished. You can guess what the lawn looked like after being crushed under all that weight — dead, of course!

We cut the lawn, and four large gaps remained. Next, we raked away the dead grass, and sprinkled grass clippings over the holes. We watered the damaged lawn twice daily for several days.

"Look, there are a couple of blades of grass growing," I remarked to my husband. New grass began filling up the empty spaces. One month elapsed and I thought: "I can't tell where the concrete blocks were!"

The story reminds us of the power sin has over us. Sin can completely crush us. We can ask Jesus to remove the weight of our sin, or we can choose to remain spiritually dead. When Jesus forgives us we are restored to wholeness. We begin to live again.

We are truly grateful for Jesus who has taken the weight of sin off our shoulders. We begin to cultivate our relationship with him. We desire to grow in our faith and become "God's lush green lawns". We know in our hearts that it is better to be like a healthy lawn than like mouldy dead grass.

Prayer: Lord God, you make us aware of the weight of our sin. You offer to carry our burden, rather than leave us alone to be crushed to death. We praise you for sending Jesus to rescue us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Mary Jane Hanson <mjh013@sasktel.net>
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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