7b The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. 8You also must be patient.
I've never been much of a sports fan but since coming to serve in Western Iowa synod, I've become quite a fan of farming and follow the season of farmers much like a fan follows a favorite team. Many of my residents are former farmers and I've learned to pray for rain in the spring and summer so the crops can grow, and for not too much rain in the late summer and into the fall so the corn can dry out enough to harvest. Farming is more than an occupation, it's a lifestyle. It can be risky: a farmer's livlihood can be wiped out with severe weather, viruses can attack livestock, yields or prices may be low greatly effecting financial wellbeing for farm families. Farming takes faith, and perseverance and a dedicaiton to a particular way of life.
Pastors are a lot like farmers in some ways. As pastors we're continually planting seeds, and like winter wheat, may not see the seed germinate and sprout we've so thoughtfully planted until much later. In fact someone else may harvest the grain we helped plant. Pastoring calls for patience and dedication and a commitment to your people. You're going to be there for them rain or shine, in all kinds of seasons and weather. Pastoring is more than an occupation, it's a lifestyle. We invest in the lives of our people who become beloved.
During this Advent season what is being planted in the fertile soil of you? What kind of patience is being called for? How will you know when the seed begins to grow?
God, our Creator
I taste the goodness of your creation and smell the crispness of new beginnings.
Fill me anew today Lord with your Spirit. Please bless the work of my hands and remind me each morning to give thanks to you anew, my Lord and Savior. Amen.
Rev. Cara Knutson
Chaplain Methodist Manor Retirement Community, Storm Lake IA