Spring is finally here! And it’s finally planting time (or almost, depending on where you live)! I love getting my hands dirty in my vegetable garden.
Planting time, whether we’re planting soybeans or summer squash, is a holy time. God’s good earth receives the seeds we so hopefully entrust to it, and in the fullness of time (with a little luck) we will see an abundant harvest. And then what do we do with what our gardens or fields grow?
At my house, we eat most of it ourselves. We share what we don’t eat with our friends and neighbors first, and then with others, perhaps through our congregation or the local food pantry. A farmer might sell her crop and use her earnings first to support her family and then to support her church or other ministries.
As we plant our eggplant and dream of the delicious dishes we’ll serve our families and friends, let’s also plan to give generously to the ministries that matter to us. Good stewardship is a holy thing, too.
This message is excerpted from “Holy stewardship” by Audrey Novak Riley from the May 6, 2016, blog of the Women of the ELCA.
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