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Topic: Autumn/Fall (08/27/09)
TITLE: The Harvest
By John Esposito
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Being from the east coast I am blessed to be able to experience the four seasons. And I’d have to say that autumn is the best time of the year. Autumn is a time when the air is fresh and when God paints the landscape with his heavenly brush. This is a time in our lives when many things are beginning to happen. It’s a time for the final harvest and it’s a time for celebration. As we gather and come together we must remember that this a time in which we should be thankful. It is a time to “Celebrate the Feast of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field. Celebrate the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.” – Exodus 23:16 (NIV)
As children of God we should give thanks for all of our blessings. During the harvest seasons we should also open our hearts and homes and share the harvest of the firstfruits with family and friends. Being able to be part of the ingathering is such a wonderful experience. Whether you are a farmer nurturing his crops or a shepherd keeping his flock close we must teach and share what we have. And as a delicate plant or a wondering sheep we must receive these helping hands so that we can give to others what has been given to us. “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Proverbs 25 (NIV)
Autumn is a time when a season ends and a new one begins. Autumn becomes a season of recharging and storing up for the winter. Out with the old and in with the new. Out with the hot and humid air and replace it with crisp apple pie scented air. Out with the air conditioners and warming our souls near a wood stove. Out and about collecting food for those who are hungry and removing your coats to cover the homeless. Again, autumn is for giving thanks and doing for others. And while we are harvesting, and storing, and recharging, we must also help those who are hiding that don’t want to be seen but still need our help. “When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the Lord your God.” - Leviticus 19:9-19 (NIV)
It doesn’t matter if you are standing in the field looking out or if you are out in the road looking in. Just being part of a celebration or a feast is always exciting and memorable. You see it doesn’t matter how important your job is along as the job you’re doing is important. And when this happens others will see that you are not just a farmer or a shepherd, but individuals that are outstanding in they’re fields. This is what autumn means to me. A time to harvest and share our nourishment, and our thanks. A time to harvest and share our love and our grace. A time to harvest our firstfruits, whether they have fallen from the tree or fallen from society. Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us. - Psalm 67:6 (NIV) Autumn is when its all said and done, we will have realized that we were all part of the harvest.
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