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Wisdom For Life garden project

By TERRY BAILEY Indian Run Christian Church Published: August 19, 2016 10:00 AM

Our congregation is hip deep in the garden project this time of year. Twenty thousand plus pounds of produce require work.

As the hymn has it -- We plough the field and scatter the good seed on the land/ And then we chop weeds, hill potatoes, and side dress-corn. And this dry year, we have watered -- adding over 10,000 gallons -- which makes up for about one inch of rain. And let's not forget filling a five-gallon bucket with potato beetles or battling assorted fungi.

All this before we can pick a single pepper or cut the first head of cabbage -- and still, no guarantees. The crop could yet be burned out, flooded out, starved out, blighted out, flattened by wind, battered by hail, eaten by pests of the visible and invisible varieties -- from black bear to microbes. And with the exception of black bear (so far) all these and other ills have taken a swat at the church garden.

Each season threatens a failed crop, all our efforts notwithstanding. The closer we live to the soil the better we understand the words of the Apostle Paul to the effect that one man cultivates and another waters but God gives the increase.

True to Paul's metaphor we find it is God who blesses the church garden -- sometimes against all odds. And it was a metaphor. Paul was really talking about growth in the kingdom -- where an even larger set of ills threatens to overwhelm all our efforts. Fear not. Cultivate and water. God will give the increase.

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