Luke 12: 16-31
I wonder what you think of when I say the word harvest?
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We have lots of great ideas there. Harvest is a time of the year when we remember all the good food that God has given to us and we can be thankful for all those who produce it, including our farmers.
Jesus told a story in today’s reading about a rich man whose land produced a good crop – he might have been a farmer, we don’t know. Anyway, this man had such a good crop of food that he ran out of space to store it. So he thought, I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll sit back, take life easy, eat, drink and have a good time. But God said to him, this night your life will end, so who will get what you have stored up for yourself? And Jesus went on to basically say, don’t get so fixed on storing up earthly things for yourself that you forget about God.
I think we can all be like that rich man at times. We get so caught up with the things we have, or the things we want, that we can forget about God. So Jesus goes on to say, don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will wear. If God provides for the birds in the air and the flowers in the fields, will He not also care for you? Seek God first and let God take care of everything else.
Part of seeking God and doing God’s will is loving our neighbours, that is anyone who is in need. This harvest time there are many people who are hungry across our world, including here in Warrington. So how might we help them?
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One of the ways we can help others here in Warrington who are hungry this harvest time is to either give food to the foodbank or give the foodbank some money to buy food to help others. The address for the foodbank will be on our screens now and at the end of our order of service. So can I suggest that this harvest one of the best ways to say thank you to God for what we have is by sharing some of that with others who have less than we do.