Ministry Notes

October 2020

Greetings my friends and neighbors,

As the harvest season gathers steam, let’s be mindful of all our farmers working long hours and let’s pray for abundant crops and fair markets.

Farming is one of those professions that require a lot of different skills and aptitudes. You have to know how to rebuild everything and how to fix it on the fly… You have to know what the markets are doing. You have to guess the weather. And unfortunately, you can do everything right, and still have a bad year.

Farming takes faith. As I drive around and look at the fields and watch what my neighbors are up to, I have a grateful heart for all their work. Farming is indeed, everyone’s bread and butter…

I pretty much finished harvesting everything in my garden last week. While it was a disappointing year for tomatoes and peppers, it was a banner year for onions, beans, beets and carrots. And of course-- zucchini! Always some success and a few failures.

I canned a lot of quarts of dilly beans. I not only like them, I love to look at them in the pantry! There’s just something about having the work done and safely stored away.

Viktor Frankl was a psychiatrist who said that human beings are creatures that are willed to meaning. In other words, the reason why we get out of bed in the morning is to experience meaning in our lives. He said we experience meaning in the things we accomplish, the relationships we have, and the attitudes we adopt toward the suffering we endure.

He also said that when we experience meaning, that meaning is safely stored away, and for-ever. He used the term “granaries” of safely stored meanings. I like to imagine great grain bins, full of life-giving memories. Grain bins that are bursting at the seams. And where no moth, or no rust can consume.

When I talk with older adults, I sometimes ask if they would like to go back and relive a part of their life, they usually say “no-way.” I think that’s because their lives have been so meaningful, and those granaries of meaning are safely stored away and precious.

As we live through different seasons of our lives, we are mindful of how unique they are. With different seasons, come change. And we all adapt to change differently. But we all know that the only thing that doesn’t change is change itself.

We’ve had a year to remember, and it’s not over. It’s certainly different, and I certainly want it to be done and over with. Eventually we‘ll get there…

Here’s the invitation… What can we harvest from this experience? Amidst all the angst and anxiety, there are still some lessons that have been learned. Let’s look for the silver linings. Let’s remember the lessons and safely put the harvest away. Perhaps we can find continued strength and courage.

Be well, and take good care,.


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