Those of you who have been able to be in the services on Sunday may have noticed a particularly sunny tone in the sermons. Last Sunday one of the scriptures suggested by the lectionary was from Song of Songs. It’s pretty hard not to feel the sun shining through a delicious love song. This week scripture’s is Jesus’s parable of the sower. Often we focus on the condition of the rocky, dry ground and feel like Jesus is pressing us to improve our soil quality. Jesus own interest – and Jesus’s delight – seems to reside in the extravagance of the harvest. A hundred-fold return. Imagine that. The seed of God’s word doesn’t just grow in us, it multiplies and explodes, beyond all expectation, beyond all hopes. We desperately need to hear that hopeful, yes, sunny message in a time when so much of what we see and hear and experience is demoralizing. The news is all of crop failures. No one needs to list them again. God’s prodigal promise of bountiful harvest stands against our discouragement and gives us hope. That hope does not rest in our own powers. If it did, this sunny news would be delusion and wishful thinking. The promise of a great harvest allows us to go on, aware of the rocky soil and the encroaching weeds, not trying to live in some fictional alternate universe, but undeterred by those threats, anticipating the harvest assured by God. The life that lives in God’s seed is hope and trust, trust that God truly will give the harvest. A hopeful life, rejoicing in the harvest, is God’s great gift to each of us. Can we hear that promise of God too often?
See you in church,