From the Pastor
“Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
(2 Corinthians 9:10-11)
It has been our custom to include as part of our worship service on Rogate Sunday (which this year falls on May 22) the “Blessing of Seed and Soil”. A fine tradition, indeed. After all, we are definitely a farming church in a farming community. And farmers certainly know that agriculture depends upon God and His goodness and grace. He provides the seed, the soil, the rain, the sun. He causes the plants to sprout and grow, mature and develop. He is the One who brings the harvest and its fruitful yield. It IS all God’s gift!
That is why we rightly take the opportunity in our Sunday morning worship to beseech His blessing upon our seed and soil. For our farmers, whose very livelihood depends upon it. For our gardeners, who delight in the produce they are able to bring to the table. For ALL of us, who need that blessing to put food into our mouths and bellies.
But note, too, the second sentence above from St. Paul. He tells us that God blesses us with these necessary things — not just for our own sake, but also so that we might be a blessing to others. That is, God gives us these earthly blessings (and all the others He showers upon us) not so that we sinfully and selfishly hoard them for ourselves. No, He would have us use them in His service. To the benefit and blessing of others. So that they too might see their heavenly Father’s love and provision. That applies to farmers but also to the rest of us as well. God has given you your abilities, your talents, your work to be His instruments and agents to our world. God protects using police and fire departments, armies, and courts. God feeds using farmers and shippers and store clerks and mothers who cook meals. God heals through doctors and nurses, therapists and technicians, pharmacists and researchers. God grants knowledge through parents and grandparents, teachers and schools, even taxes! The list goes on and on.
The verses quoted above follow Paul’s famous words: “God loves a cheerful giver.” So, this year when we have that “Blessing fo Seed and Soil”, remember that God does bless all His earthly gifts. For our use. And for the help of our neighbor. Then, give. Cheerfully. As God gives to you.