Summer Crops

Summer is a perfect time for new experiences.

My family and I have just returned from a trip to visit Sarah’s family in Minnesota. It was fun to spend time in a state that has miles and miles of farmland. Each day we drove past fields of corn that were taller than me.
We got to experience several firsts in Minnesota:
1. Zoe and Riley fed chickens, and even picked one up!
2. Riley rode on a tractor. Zoe remarked, “We’re farmers now, Dad!”
3. I saw a flock of wild turkeys on my morning run. They even gobbled at me a bit!
Yes, summer trips are a unique way to create family memories and establish new experiences. We are home now and are excited to enjoy the last couple of weeks of summer before a new school year begins.
The author of Proverbs tells us:
“He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
    but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.”
-Proverbs 10:5
This proverb is a reminder to use the slow season of summer in a productive way; don’t just sleep it away. I wonder if the author had a specific son in mind as he wrote it? 🙂 There is much work to be done as the summer crops grow. In a similar way, we can use this summer season to gather spiritual crops. I hope that you have been able to use this season to engage your faith in new ways; a gathering of summer crops.  I pray that you have been able to experience rest and adventure during this summer season.
At Unity, we have been exploring the creation account in Genesis as our summer series. There are only two weeks left of this series. This Sunday, July 28, we will study one of the Creation Psalms. The author of Psalm 8 reflects poetically on Genesis 1. Rumor has it that there will also be ice cream served during Coffee and Cookies time on Sunday- a good way to cool down in this hot July weather!
Next Sunday, August 4, we will conclude the creation series with a look at Revelation 22. Creation begins with a tree and ends with a tree. At the end of the Bible we get a glimpse of Eden restored. I hope you join us as we gather our spiritual crops and experience faith in new ways.
See you on Sunday!
-Pastor David
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