1 Corinthians 3:9 (Good News Translation)
“For we are partners working together for God, and you are God’s field. You are also God’s building.”
This time of year brings out the farmer in me. When I see all the machinery bringing in the harvest after the long growing season, I am in awe of the work required to complete the job! Nebraska is truly in the growing business. In today’s scripture, Paul tells us that we are God’s field. What are we to grow? But we can’t do it by ourselves, we are to be partners working together.
Pastor Godrick of Tanzania reminded us of the partnership we have grown together. Although Tanzania, Eastern Africa is 8,750 miles away, there has been such a strong bond for 12 years. A seed was planted in 2006 that Sheridan should be a part of this shared ministry. Tom and Linda Gapp tilled up the interest by offering ways for even me to be a part of the ‘field’. Seeds were planted in our Sojourner group to combine our money and sponsor several students each year since 2007. Lives have changed in Tanzania as well as here in Lincoln. Our partnership has grown knowledge and love on both sides of the ocean. When we give to others, we often receive even more.
This sermon series, “#This Matters”, has highlighted a few of the fields Sheridan is growing. “Alone, we can do little, together much” is abundantly true! Paul says it is important to work together for other people, God and us!
The Swahili word for thank you is “Asante”. “Nasema” means I say to you.
Nasema Asante God, for all the good we are able to do in the world. It matters to us and our neighbors, near and far. We are the farmers of faith who trust in Your Will. Help us to harvest the fruits of the spirit each day. Amina.
Written by Cindy Swanson
Cindy and her husband, Ray, have been members of Sheridan Lutheran Church since 1978. They have 3 sons, Ben, Andrew and Patrick who were confirmed at Sheridan. They enjoy spending time with their 4 grandchildren (ages 2-7). Cindy retired from teaching writing to middle schoolers for Lincoln Public Schools in 2014. She savors a good cup of coffee, a well-written book, a lively discussion and chocolate. She lives near a cemetery and knows each day is a gift!