Times of Harvest

October 16th, 2013

You visit the earth and make it abundant, enriching it greatly by God’s stream, full of water. You provide people with grain because that is what you’ve decided. Psalm 65:9 CEB

The fall harvest had been plentiful for apples that year. Thus my middle daughter and I undertook our annual ritual of making apple butter. Although Granny Smith apples had been our preference in the past, we discovered the Fuji variation and were wowed. The variety in apples alone, much less in creation, should be enough to make doubters believe in a higher power. Botanists have long known that naturally reproducing apples adapt their genetic makeup to be almost as individual as humans are.

There is much I enjoy about our harvest production: quartering the apples and snacking on the slices; the sound of bubbling apples cooking down; the smell of blended spices filling the house for hours; time we spend together as family. Yet I admit I revel in the final product. We pull the jars out of the water bath processing, hear the “pop” of the sealed lid, and see the results of an afternoon’s work: thirty pints of goodness to spread on biscuits ourselves and to give to others as gifts.

So often the work of faith is the farmer’s work of planting seeds—hoeing weeds or pruning branches, waiting on nature to water and warm the growth. But every so often we can experience the results of the harvest. Parents bring a child for baptism because of the nurturing they received from their parents or a Sunday school teacher; a family in crisis gets back on their feet with the help of the church; ones who suffer loss are comforted and surrounded with tangible signs of compassion.

Truly the psalmist knows to acknowledge God’s goodness found in those times of harvest that bring us joy.

devotion from: WordAlive ©2013 by Abingdon Press. Used with permission


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