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Well, it has been a busy week, a very busy week! Everywhere I have looked, farmers are busy with the harvesting of grain crops, combine harvesters and tractors busying up and down fields, working well into the night - and probably through it - before the weather turns.
Of course, that reminds me of one of my favourite parables told by Jesus, the Parable of the Sower, which is so often heard at this time of year as we approach Harvest Thanksgivings, even though, if the honest truth be known, it has little to commend it as good instruction to farmers!
Like many of the parables of Jesus, those who first heard them would likely either have been left scratching their heads, laughing out loud or scoffing! In the time of Jesus farmers were very careful not to waste good and valuable seed by letting it fall in unproductive corners; on the path, in patches of weeds or on unprepared rocky ground! (...more)