Sowing and Reaping
Please take a moment to read Galatians 6:7-10
For as long as I can remember, I have been a farmer’s daughter. Sowing and reaping are in my DNA. I love the smell of a newly plowed field. It brings back a flood of memories of watching corn and soybeans flourish in that soil. My dad relied on the unpredictable rains to keep those crops alive. The abundant Nebraska sunshine brought those plants to bear fruit and bring in the harvest. A lot of things had to be right to get those crops into the bins.
In our world, there is a lot of evil. Paul saw what divisiveness, cynicism, and hatred was doing to the churches of Galatia. If you sow the seeds of those very things, they will grow back exponentially, like weeds in my garden. He was trying to cultivate a church of believers, yet they forgot the most important thing about sowing. They must first start with the right seeds. In Galatians 5:22 he tells them just what seeds need to be sown. You’ve heard about these before…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Getting them to be fruitful is a whole other task!
For as long as I can remember, I have been a part of a family of faith. I am from a small town so it felt like everyone knew me. The church was an integral part of my youth. The seeds were sown at a young age. Since 1978 my family of faith has been Sheridan Lutheran Church, where we are given opportunities to grow those fruits of the Spirit. Through Bible studies, Sojourners, Circle, Prayer Chain, serving funerals, and volunteering in many ways, I get to grow those seeds. During the Pandemic it was difficult to participate in those areas, but now I can tend my garden of faithfulness again. Practicing our faith out in the world is not easy. Paul never said it would be easy. Farming is not easy. But oh, when we reap the harvest of eternal life, then we will know it has been worth the labor!
Dear God, thank you for this abundant world of life. Help us to nourish and sustain it with love. Let us be sowers of seeds of goodness.
Written by Cindy Swanson
Cindy and her husband, Ray, have been members of Sheridan Lutheran Church since 1978. They have three sons, Ben, Andrew and Patrick who were confirmed at Sheridan. They enjoy spending time with their grandchildren who range in age from 4-10. 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!