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July 23, 2017

posted Jul 26, 2017, 7:26 AM by Susan Fernandez
My grandparents were tenant farmers. I remember playing hide and seek in corn fields and the feel of chickens eating out of my hands. They worked hard to produce crops which helped to feed many families. They taught me to pull weeds, getting the root and then working over the soil so it they would not return. We learned to be grateful for bounty, but be watchful for harm (weeds, weather, thieves, etc.). 

While my grandparents planned well, there were always hardships in their path. They rarely complained, knowing things would work out. They would take in crops that only part could be sold; they had to put down sick animals without being able to use the meat. This week’s sermon highlights how there will be things we don’t expect. The weeds grow. And they may be put in our path by those who seek harm. 

The parable of the weeds (Matthew 13:24-43), the servants had many thoughts of why there were weeds and how to take care of them. But God knows best and will ultimately separate what’s good and fruitful from what’s bad and evil. We sometimes think we are in control, but we have to recognize we are only tilling God’s soil. One day the harvesters will know the work we have done by the crop that has been produced. Go out and make it good.