24th March 2018

Seedtime And Harvest

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.”
Genesis 8:22 (NKJV)

Farmers have recently been in the news as a real source of concern. They are struggling to make ends meet, producing food for the nation and are often paid poorly for their produce. They have to face rising prices for seed and supplies, adverse weather, insects and pests, and physically exhausting work as well as very long hours. It is reported that they face the highest suicide rate of any profession and suffer family breakdowns from the uncertainties and hardships they face. In a village where we lived, a farmer’s wife walked out on him taking their two children and he was found dead in his tractor cab three days later. We need to pray for them as well as learn Christian lessons from farmers and harvests.

As the Christian year heads towards the Easter/Passover season, I am reminded how Jesus said to His disciples after His resurrection “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21). Also in Matthew 9:37-38, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of harvest to send out labourers into His harvest.” Here we have one type of harvest, a spiritual one to which we have been invited to take part. Some of us may do the sowing, others the watering, and yet others reap the harvest. All of these three things need just the right conditions in order for the crop to be maximised, and for seed to be collected together to be used for the next growing seasons sowing, thus maintaining the process of sowing and reaping.

At this time of year farmers also head towards their sowing season in Spring and Summer, needing just the right conditions for their crops to grow and to come to the point of harvest. The conditions need to be just right at each stage of the growth: not too hot, not too cold, not too wet, not too dry, not too windy, not too frosty, neither too much nor too little sun. None of these things the farmer controls, and they have a very difficult time working long hours so we can have food on our plates.

Just as farmers work long hours, beset by failures of seed to thrive, but eventually seeing a harvest, so we too must play our part in the sowing and watering of the harvest which our Heavenly Farmer has given to us. With this in mind, Matthew 6:11 reminds us to pray “Give us this day our daily bread” and this should not just be the physical, nor the spiritual bread, but both. So as Spring approaches let us take time to pray for both the spiritual and physical sowing that we are involved with, and always be ready to give God the thanks for protection of both types of harvest.

We pray for the farmers in this nation who work hard in the physical fields to provide physical food for our tables. We pray also, O Lord of the Harvest, that you will send us in your name to work in your spiritual harvest as faithful labourers.

Study by Rosemary Gent


About the Author:
Rosemary Gent attends Nottingham Grace Communion.

Local Congregation:
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
Attenborough Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Ian Woodley

Email: icgwoodley@gmail.com

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