Seeds of Hope

calendar_todayThu 8th October - 5:26pm
person_outlineRebecca Roberts

It’s that time of year again when we Plough the Fields and Scatter.  Except this year, we won’t be.  Or, at least we won’t be singing the words in church!

For many of us, harvest is a time when we start to look ahead to the rest of the year.  Except this year, instead of looking forward to cosy nights at home in front of the fire, we might be fearing we will be stuck at home and not see anyone for months.  Instead of looking forward to attending bonfires and eating parkin, we’re fearing another night in eating whatever we might find at the back of our emptying cupboards.  Instead of days out Christmas shopping, we’re fearing the stress of learning how to shop online.  Instead of a large family gathering around the turkey, we’re fearing that this year it might just be a microwave meal for one.

Okay, enough of the gloom!  But, you get the picture.  As the nights draw in and we’re faced with the possibility of local and national restrictions for the next six months, for many of us it might be a real challenge to find any hope.  The season of harvest should be one of joy in celebrating the gathered crop that will sustain us over the winter months, and hope that the seed to be planted will produce a crop again next year.

So, what can we celebrate and look forward to?  Of course, we can still celebrate the harvest, for we still have food in our cupboards and on our tables, even when there are gaps in the supermarket shelves.  People have still worked hard to gather in the harvest; some even harder than usual.    We certainly have lots to celebrate and be thankful for.  However, as we look ahead there is still as sense of uncertainty.  That’s where we each come in.  As the nights draw in we can bring light to others by planting seeds of hope in the lives of others.  This is something we can do from the safety of our own homes; praying for those we know who might be struggling; sending an encouraging note; or picking up the phone just to have a chat.  Each of these can be seeds of hope to someone who is fearing what six months of restrictions might feel like.

 In 1 Thessalonians 1: 3 Paul writes to the Thessalonian Church: 

“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”

In this continuing season of uncertainty let us remember each other before God in prayer.  May we be people who plant seeds of hope in the lives of others, inspired by the love and hope we have in the Lord Jesus Christ.