As the pandemic persists, more and more find themselves longing for a sense of order to help keep them grounded, something that brings a steady rhythm to life, something we can count on happening.
Over the last few weeks, the annual wheat harvest has been completed in Kansas and Nebraska. For those close to the land, there’s something comforting about harvest. Harvest brings a sense of order to our lives – a sense of hope even in a time when it’s easy to feel hopeless. It’s something to look forward to each year, a time of working together to complete the harvest, a time of giving thanks to God!
In some translations of the Bible, the word harvest appears over 100 times. One of earliest mentions is in Genesis 8:22 (NIV) when following the flood, God made this promise to Noah “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” Just as God’s promise brought hope to Noah in a time of uncertainty, it can bring hope to us as we experience difficult times in our lives. Harvest reminds us of God’s promise – a promise we can count on because God is faithful.
Just as there is a physical harvest, we are all called to be part of a spiritual harvest. Just as the farmer tends the soil, plants the seeds and then must wait with patience until the time of harvest, so we in our everyday lives are to sow seeds, to tend and nurture them. What does the Lord require of us? What kind of seeds are we sowing? What are we doing to make the world a better place for all of God’s children, not just for some?” What kind of world do we want to leave for our children and grandchildren? How can we help make that happen? The choice is ours - will we sow positive seeds of love, kindness, peace and justice for all? Will we use our talents and resources wisely for the betterment of all or just for some? Will we tend and care for God’s good creation or will we carelessly destroy it? Harvest again reminds us, that God loves the world.
Prayer: God, the signs of your love are all around us – the rhythm of the seasons, the blue of the sky, the golden yellow of ripe wheat, the caring acts of others. You call each of us to plant seeds - the seeds of love, kindness, mercy and justice - seeds that will honor you at harvest time. Help us to share your love and honor you in all we do. Amen.