Time to Plant

Calendar wisdom: “Pray for a good harvest, but keep on hoeing. (unknown) The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers.. 1 Cor. 3:8,9” This seemed to jive with a Proverbs verse today, “From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. 18v20” We seem to be tottering on the verge of Spring, on the verge of relaxing sheltering, on the verge of…tomorrow and all the hopes and dreams attached. How appropriate to “pray” “but keep on hoeing” or working. Easter season is a bit like that. All the prayers for a better tomorrow are realized but in a way different than expected and require we keep on hoeing to get to the harvest. How does that tie with Proverbs, I ask? Jesus said that goes into a person passes through, strengthening and feeding, but what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, the “soul” as it were, of the person. Hateful, angry words destroy relationship. Loving and forgiving words build relationship. As we wait today for Spring, release from our homes, the coming kingdom, may we continue to pray, to hoe, and to bless others with healthy fruit from our mouths and….hearts! Lord of the Harvest help us!

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