Terese just tallied up our total. So far this year we have harvested 4,157 pounds, which overwhelmingly went to local food relief. Equally important though, you have logged 1,115 volunteer hours.
I was thinking about all the work you have done planting seeds in rows, making the soil productive, and collaborating with God to produce food. I am starting to believe that the work is not just something good for us to do, It is something we were made to do. Social activist Ronald J. Sider describes our human collaboration with God like this:
Work is the way we meet our basic needs. Work is also the way we express our basic nature as persons made in the image of God who is Creator. We cannot create out of nothing as God does, but we are made to trace the finger of God’s intricate design in the material world and then use our creative abilities to reshape what the Creator has given us in order to produce cultures of glorious beauty and complexity. The Creator could have directly created poetry, plays, sonatas, cities, computers, and community gardens*. Instead he assigned that task to us, expecting us to cultivate the earth.
The okra is still producing well. We are just starting our fall crops. The weather is so pleasant. We celebrate the work you have done and will yet do, “tracing the finger of God’s intricate design”.