PLANTING TREES AND SOWING SEEDS (words by Fred Kaan)
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Were the world to end tomorrow,
would we plant a tree today?
Would we till the soil of loving,
kneel to work and rise to pray?
Pray that at the end of living,
of philosophies and creeds,
God will find the people busy
planting trees and sowing seeds.
Dare we try to give an answer,
reaching out in fragile hope,
touching lives with words of Easter,
break a loaf and share a cup?
Born into the brittle morning
of that final earthy day,
would we be intent on seeing
Christ in others on our way?
Words Copyright © 1989 by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL (www.hopepublishing.com) for the USA and Canada; and Stainer & Bell Limited, London, England, (www.stainer.co.uk) for all other territories.
Author / Composer Comments
• Author Fred Kaan, from his book The Only Earth We Know (Stainer & Bell / Hope Publishing Co., 1999, page 104): “Martin Luther was once asked how he would spend today if he knew that the world would come to an end tomorrow. He is reputed to have answered that he would plant an apple tree. I took this as a theme for an elders’ conference I led in Solihull, near Birmingham [England] in 1980. It was not until 1986, though, that I wrote this hymn on a 7:40 am Coventry to London train.”
• RK: Walter Farquharson has written a hymn text using the same theme. The musical treatment I’ve offered for the two is very different. See Young Apple Trees.Back to top