By Christie John, Geneseo United Methodist Church

The one who supplies seed for planting and bread for eating will supply and multiply your seed and will increase your crop, which is righteousness. – 2 Corinthians 9:10 (CEB)

Harvest time is in full swing and I must admit that it still seems kind of miraculous to me, how a few small seeds tucked into the soft, spring earth are transformed into heaps of golden grain spilling over the tops of semi-trailers!

I have come to believe that planting a seed is an impressive act of faith, the increase of each seed a kind of mysterious gift. After all, although I know that farmers work hard to create and maintain optimum conditions, it isn’t as though they must hand-pull each seedling to get it to grow tall, or glue husks on each cob in order to protect its tender kernels, or blow-dry each plant to ensure that its stalk will turn brown and brittle. A farmer sows the seed and tends to the field, but to a large extent, forces outside of the farmer’s control are responsible for increasing the crop.

You and I are invited to sow seeds of love, justice and peace every day. We “plant” these seeds in our own lives when we study God’s word, pray and worship. We plant them into the world around us as we serve our neighbor through words and acts of kindness, generosity and grace. This planting is a true act of faith. We work hard to sow these seeds with care but we must also trust in forces outside of our control for their continued growth and health.

As we watch grain carts rumbling through our fields, may we trust that the same God who oversees the mysterious and miraculous increase of corn and beans will transform our little acts of love and devotion into an abundant harvest of righteousness!