Seed of Peace
© January 1988, Roy Stucky
The Word of Love,
The seed of peace -
The highest realm
Where pain will cease
But who's listening?
But inward grown -
The roots of life
Feed what was sown
The Word of Love,
The heart of flesh -
The open hand
Where lives mesh
The seed awaits
The open ground -
But some are hard
And hear no sound
Let ears that hear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . listen.
On its own, this song is about the Word of God's love, and the fruit it will yield in the open heart. The imagery ties to the parable of the Sower.
To those who lack understanding, nothing seems as useless as a seed. But it is life itself. So too those of knowledge but no wisdom count God's Word as worthless. Yet those whose hearing leads to understanding realize God's Word is Life and Peace waiting for Faith to cause it to burst forth in kinetic power.
The peace is that which passes understanding, Jesus' peace which is far more than what the world can give. Jesus' peace is greater because it is not circumstantial. Nothing can pluck us from His hand.
Salvation demands to be shared because it came to you as a gift. You have no merit, no earning in it, it was given by God when He made us in His image, of His species.
The imagery of this song connects to that of God Learned To Bleed on the Predator album in that Jesus planted His life in the ground in order to produce a harvest of Children of God. This also connects to the overall underground imagery of Epiphany.
The image of a seed is also powerful because of the holographic nature of a seed, which contains the entirety of the mature being.
"From outside" ties to the Scripture, 'And how shall they hear without a preacher?'
"My peace I give you, not as the world gives"
"Peace that passes understanding"