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Sowing in Tears, Reaping with Joy

Michal Eisikowitz

Some seeds sprout quickly, others may take decades to flourish. In honor of Tu B’Shvat, Family First presents a collection of stories to uplift and inspire, and mostly, to give faith that we may yet see the fruits of our labors.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Seeds, trees, fruits, plants — each of these miraculous creations hints at patterns of our existence in This World. On Tu B’Shvat, the day of their annual renewal, we ponder their timeless messages.

Seeds hold a particularly timely significance. In an age of instant gratification, efforts that aren’t immediately rewarded often result in frustration and despair. The hard work we invest in a thorny marriage, the love we shower on a difficult child, the kind word we extend to a frosty neighbor — at times they bear not even the humblest of fruits, and we are left feeling barren.

A seed teaches patience; just as it may take months or even years to burgeon out from above the ground, so it is with every experience in our lives. Whether in chinuch, shidduchim, kiruv, or general world events, we make choices and act with clearly defined goals, yet often those actions won’t yield results until we’ve almost given up hope. But when the seed of our sweat finally pushes out of its earthy abode, the joy is immense.

 

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