“You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate, to bring forth food from the earth, and wine to gladden the human heart, oil to make the face shine, and bread to strengthen the human heart.” - Psalm 104:14-15
As the leaves turn yellow, orange, and red, the change reminds us that our harvest season is here. I went to an orchard over the weekend where they were picking and pressing apples. Fruit hung from the boughs of trees, pumpkins decorated the fields with orange, and kale stood tall as if raising its leaves in praise of God. Being surrounded by the bounty of the harvest brought joy to my heart.
As Thanksgiving approaches, we are preparing for feasts: pulling out family recipes, making shopping lists, and planning out when to bake pies. As we anticipate the smells and flavours of the Thanksgiving season, I encourage us to remember that many people do not have the means to bring the brilliant colours, flavours, and nutrition of fresh produce into their homes this Thanksgiving.
God created the earth with the beauty and abundance of the harvest in mind to gladden and strengthen human hearts. For those of us with the means to taste that abundance, we also have the privilege of participating with God in gladdening and strengthening people’s hearts this season. This Sunday you are invited to bring fresh fruit and vegetables to the church between 10-10:30 am, or as an offering during the worship service (more info below). This offering of produce will be delivered to On Rock Community Food Bank. Together, we can be the hands and feet of Jesus. Let us share the abundance of the harvest. Let us gladden and strengthen human hearts in Jesus’ name.
Grace and peace,