"Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together."
~ John 4: 36
The sea air last night ushered in a thick fog, and so everything seems to be dripping with dew, and the fields around us have taken on a cloudy presence.
We are sowers of fields that are still being cultivated. We sow many things in our lives. While we hope to sow love into our relationships with one another, there can be distractions and other elements that also can be planted.
As people of faith, we are called to reflect, not society, but the power of God's love for self, one another, and grace.
I love the fact that God has uniquely created each of us.
The sower and reaper shall be glad together. Indeed we will.
Our need for one another, to serve, and to be happy and healthy together in community, while supporting each other in covenant with one another, brings a better understanding of who God is.
Our presence in the body of Christ helps others to recognize that we are just part of the many members that help to be God's presence in the world. Our short lives on earth are sowing time.
Because God loves us unconditionally, from eternity to eternity, God cannot allow our lives to simply pass away.
No, life on earth is the time when the seeds of the risen body are planted. Paul says: "What is sown is perishable, but what is raised is imperishable; what is sown is contemptible but what is raised is glorious; what is sown is weak, but what is raised is powerful; what is sown is a natural body, and what is raised is a spiritual body" (1 Corinthians 15:42-44).
This wonderful knowledge that nothing we live in our bodies is lived in vain holds a call for us to live every moment as a seed of eternity.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.