Growing up on a farm, harvest meant two things for me. One, I wasn’t going to see a lot of my Dad and Grandpa for a number of weeks, and two, we would see how we fared for the year. Harvest is often hard, unseen work that sees no payoffs until the grain is sold. Harvest is the result of waiting patiently for seeds to mature. Being a harvester is a result of having been a planter. Our life of faith is filled with continually planting God’s promises in our hearts, wrestling with God through the Holy Spirit as it matures, and finally, upon the completion of our Baptism at our death, we will see this harvest. It is long, hard, unseen work, but God has promised to be with us, continually fertilizing the seeds that have been planted in us, and stays with us when we feel drought or flooded out. Thanks be to God, the Lord of the Harvest, who sent Jesus to be co-worker in all seasons with us through the Holy Spirit.
Lord God, you have called us to our daily vocations and have promised to remain with us always. Give us eyes to see the ways you are working in and through your people to bring about harvest each day. Amen.
Leah Holloway, 2018, Seminarian
He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”Luke 10:2