Proverbs 14: 4 for May 14. I found a funny proverb for sheltering! “Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.” I have never said “amen” to that one and probably let my eyes slide over it many times. But it caught my eye today. Where there are no workers, there is no need to feed them but it is also true that with the strength of the workers comes profit. At face value I ponder the drop of expenses because our shops are closed but I also grieve for the many unemployed and then the problems that brings the economy. I can remember my father saying, “You need to spend money to make money!” But perhaps, as I ponder, there are other arenas to which this applies. I ponder the empty nest dynamic. The children have left and are doing well but I need not fix big dinners, the conversation is “different,” and my energy does not rise as there is no challenge. As church buildings are closed, people worship in homes but the harvest of fellowship and music and corporate prayer is being gathered differently now. I grieve. Oxen are needed for work, for a good harvest, and perhaps the lesson is that, it is a privilege to feed them properly. As you go about today, may you be blessed in caring for the oxen in your life and may there be an abundant harvest of gratitude. Blessings.