Musings From The Manse
We plough the fields, and scatter the good seed on the land,
but it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand
Many of you have said to me that harvest is your favourite time of the year and
especially the Harvest Festival services with the displays of fruit, flowers and
vegetables and the singing of the traditional harvest hymns. To some of our younger
are used to a ready supply of foods from around the world available in our local
supermarkets, many of these hymns have much less relevance. Of course, we are still
dependent on a good harvest, there is just not the same awareness.
We also see changes in our harvest giving with the need to support those whose harvest will be poor. The Harvest Festival is also a time to think about the harvest of our lives and the harvest of our churches. We sometimes expect to see results where we have not sown any seed, and sometimes we resist change because we are unaware of the riches that are available to us.
I came across a delightful harvest story recently which is entitled “It’s Harvest! So
what?”. (Roots Worship). It is a story about some mice who lived very happily in a
beautiful field with lots of wild flowers and berries. One day the field was destroyed
- or so they thought. Someone churned up the ground, scattered seed and went away and left it. Most of the mice left in disgust, but one stayed and patiently watched and waited. After a while, small shoots appeared which eventually turned into corn, which grew and ripened in the sun. Suddenly the field became a far better place than it had been before, with lots of food to eat and a wonderful place to play! The story ends, “It’s Harvest” Sow what?”
Perhaps this year, we can take time to reflect upon what we can sow, as individuals, and as a church, especially in light of the circuit document ‘Following Jesus and Loving Communities’, which will see many changes being implemented in our churches and circuit over the next few years.
Repeatedly, throughout the scriptures, God tells us that the time will come, whether in this life or the next, when we will reap the harvest. What then, will we sow? It’s our choice.
Living God, as
you have sown your word in me, help me to sow your word among others, to the
glory of your name. Amen.
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