Harvest Festival 2008

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What do the following have in common?  The Aral Sea; the Oklahoma Dust Bowl of the 1930s; the current problems in the US financial system?

 

 

What is the connection between all these?  In each case more was taken out than was put in.  Water … the goodness of the earth … money.

 

Harvest festival is a time for giving thanks to God for the work of farmers here and around the world, for remembering God’s goodness in giving us the blessing of food in such abundance.  It is also a time for praying for those farmers, both here and elsewhere, who are in difficulty, and for those who do not have enough food to eat. But it is also a time for remembering how important it is to get the balance right between what we take out and what we put back in.  Farmers know this – as do gardeners.  This is a principle, however, which goes beyond farming:

 

In each of these cases, if we take out more than we put in someone pays a price.  As St. Paul said, ‘sparse sowing, sparse reaping’. 

 

 

On this Harvest Festival Sunday, therefore, let us pray for God’s guidance in knowing how much he wants us to give back, of ourselves, so that those around us may benefit. It may be a time for remembering what we have received from others, and resolving to plant seeds so that others may reap.  It may be a time for helping those around us to reap the harvest of their own talents and skills.  And above all, let us not forget the supreme act of self-giving by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who gave nothing less than his very self on the cross, so that all who believe and trust in him should have eternal life.  Amen. 

 

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