As summer fades into fall, I reflect on the Book of Ecclesiastes**, which reminds us: To everything there is a season… a time to sow, a time to reap… a time for all things under the heavens.Here are just a few examples of what I’ve been hearing about wonderful seeds planted this year:
A retired teacher: “I started walking 4-5 times a week. I carry a couple cans of peas as “weights.” On my way back, I drop them off at my local food bank.”
A home-school mom: “Twice a month I sort & fold clothes at my church & take them to an agency that provides clothes for those who are homeless. I take my 7-year old daughter with me so she knows what community is all about.”
A florist: “My business has been hit really hard by the recession. Though I’ve moved to a much smaller space to cut costs, I still donate flowers once a week to a local all-volunteer charity.”
A hairdresser: “It’s been about 10 years since I last spoke to my dad. Back then, I said some pretty hateful things to him. A few days ago, I called. I told him how sorry I was. He told me to forget about it… that he loved me. It was so good to hear his voice.”
A teenager: “I cut my neighbor’s grass & trim her hedges since she can’t get around as easily as she used to. She always tries to pay me a little something, but I always say, No thank you, ma’am… I’ll see you again next week.”
Tell me, what wonderful seeds have you sown, & how will you share your harvest of blessings with others?
To everything there is a season,
a time for every purpose under the sun.
A time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
a time to kill and a time to heal …
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance …
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to lose and a time to seek;
a time to rend and a time to sew;
a time to keep silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace.
** Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
The truly wealthy are those who give until it feels good.
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