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March 24, 2019

Unmowed grass, Author Natubico (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported)

“Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth grass…and it was so” (Gen. 1: 11).

Grass covers a quarter of the earth’s landmass [1].  Forming the basis of our food chain, grass (which includes cereal crops like rice, corn, wheat, and oats) feeds more wildlife – not to mention livestock – than any other plant.

Though human activity has greatly reduced habitats worldwide, grass still supports the migration of countless wildebeest, antelope, gazelle, snow geese, and starlings.

Developing from a secure part at the base of its shaft and able to repair itself quickly, grass can survive both frost and wildfires.  Grass grows on East African savannahs and Arctic tundra, its roots helping to protect soil from erosion and replenish nutrients.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly” (Ps. 84: 11).

Everything in the natural world points us toward God.  Just as grass sustains God’s creatures (ourselves included), so does His grace support and sustain us.  We draw our life and nourishment from Him, whether we recognize and acknowledge that fact or not.

God’s grace – His unmerited help and favor – is limitless and freely given.  Through grace we are saved from eternal damnation and restored to a right relationship with God.  Through grace our sins are forgiven.  Through grace we can overcome temptation and endure trials.

As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.  For the wind passes over it, and it is gone…But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting” (Ps. 103: 15-17).

Our lives on this earth are finite.  But watered by grace, we can flourish eternally.

[1]  BBC America, Planet Earth (Season 1, Episode 7), “Great Plains”,



From → Christian, Religion

  1. Beautifully said. A lovely post, thank you.

  2. I love how you say that everything in the natural world points us to God. I’ve always believed that as well Anna. Being a country boy who spent countless hours in the woods and fields as a boy, I recognized way back then that there was “something” out there much bigger than me that had to have created all of this. Really enjoyed this post!

  3. What a beautiful post! And plants give us oxygen so we can breathe! And when we exhale, plants take in what we breathe out. Isn’t that amazing?

  4. I really love this post, Anna! ❤

  5. Beautiful post, Anna.

  6. Dear Anna,

    This poem is dedicated to you in my special post entitled Strong Wind Knows Tough Grass” published at

    Strong Wind Knows Anna
    For Her Character
    As A Fine Lawyer
    Conscience’s Her Author

    Yours sincerely,

    • I am deeply touched, SoundEagle. I love your poem, and am happy to say I have visited your website many times. You are a talented and sensitive man. I am privileged to know you.



      • Dear Anna,

        Likewise, I have been honoured by your presence and friendship.

        Moreover, I am delighted that the first poem has resonated with you profoundly. Thank you for your acknowledgement and compliment.

        This second poem is also dedicated to you in the same post entitled “Strong Wind Knows Tough Grass“, where you can find the bespoke version of the poem as a reply to your admirable quotation of Rudyard Kipling poem “If”.

        Strong Wind Knows Anna
        As The Tough Waldherr
        Supreme Defender
        Of Those Who Need Her

        Yours sincerely,

      • You bring tears to my eyes, SoundEagle.

      • Dear Anna,

        This third poem is hereby dedicated to you in the same post entitled “Strong Wind Knows Tough Grass“, where you can find the bespoke version of the poem as a reply to your heartfelt comment.

        Strong Wind Knows Anna
        Quick to Inspire
        Yet to Retire
        Her Moral Tower

        Yours sincerely,

      • Your kindness overwhelms me, SoundEagle.

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