Anticipating Harvest

My feathered friends and I
line up on the telephone wire
where the view of the field is wide

and we get wind of the John
Deere combines and grain trucks revving
their engines before combing the

soil in sweeping curves
across the hillside south of the Platte.

Anticipating the
beginning of harvest our beaks
shimmer with delight and feathers

shine in the sun, dressed to
the 9’s for the feast awaiting
promising to fill our bellies

before our blue passports
are stamped for fall migration

to begin our southerly tour
before cold sets in and our frost
covered wings crackle when they move.

This day we are content
to sit amazed in view of the
overwhelming abundance of

of each golden grain
magnificently displaying
Creator’s love for all creatures!

Matthew 6:25-27
Jesus says, Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?
Who Is God to You?

When taking a little drive across the countryside these days we must take care to watch out for heavy grain trucks scrambling to get the harvest in before fall rains come.
The scene never fails to take me in. Once again, I recall the time I pulled myself up the ladder and into the cab of the John Deere next to our good neighbor, Don Bish. Truckload after truckload of grain was brought in during the few hours I was there. Believe me, it was an experience that changed me.
Who are we to worry about necessities when God provides so much?
At Saint Paul we have begun the season of Stewardship. Each week the sermon will focus on different aspects. This weekend I’ll come from the aspect of our relationship with God and trusting that we truly do have enough! When we understand that all we have is simply on loan from God, we have an easier time surrendering what is rightfully God’s to begin with.
When pondering the question, “Who do we say Jesus is?” our very lives let others know the answer.

Dear friends, we give thanks and pray for each you at Saint Paul Benson,

Rev. Marta Wheeler