This is the time of year when we are reminded of the miracle of life. We plant tiny seeds in the earth and, lo, they sprout, pushing up through the soil, growing, perfectly formed, day by day, week by week, into magnificent plants.

By the end of summer, we will be harvesting crops, if the Most Merciful wills. Remarkable. The miracle of life. All this on a clump of rock and iron, hurtling through the solar system, formed from swirling gas and dust pulled together by gravity billions of years ago.

Then He directed Himself to the heaven while it was smoke and said to it and to the earth, “Come, willingly or by compulsion.” They said, “We have come willingly.” — Quran 41:11

This is spring. The annual reminder — parables in the world around us — calling us back to Him.

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