Psalm 1

1 The truly happy person
doesn’t follow wicked advice,
doesn’t stand on the road of sinners,
and doesn’t sit with the disrespectful.
Instead of doing those things,
these persons love the Lord’s Instruction,
and they recite God’s Instruction day and night!
They are like a tree replanted by streams of water,
which bears fruit at just the right time
and whose leaves don’t fade.
Whatever they do succeeds.

That’s not true for the wicked!
They are like dust that the wind blows away.
And that’s why the wicked will have no standing in the court of justice—
neither will sinners
in the assembly of the righteous.
The Lord is intimately acquainted
with the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked is destroyed.

This is the word of God for us the people of God. Thanks be to God.

Season of Creation – Cultivation and Fruits

For some crops and some farmers, fall is harvest season. If you have ever lived in cotton country, you probably feel right at home when you see scenes like this.

Most of you know I’ve spent a lot of time in Ohio for seminary the last couple of years, and I am always amazed by the corn that grows everywhere. Any spare piece of ground is planted in corn even up to the very edge of the road.

My sister spent years in DeWitt, Arkansas; she is married to a rice farmer. And she tells me about the crazy experience of harvest time where every single family member has to pitch for the frenzy of the harvest to bring in the crop that they depend on for their living. God’s creation provides for us in some really amazing ways. Plants provide not just for a living for farmers, but plants provide us with food, clothing and even shelter!

Today, we are thinking about cultivation and the fruit of harvest time. As we continue this Season of Creation series, I want to take just a minute to remind you about some of the scripture from Genesis that we have been talking about. Genesis 1:11 says:

“God said, let the earth grow plant life: plants yielding seeds and fruit trees bearing fruit with seeds inside it, each according to its kind throughout the earth.” And that’s what happened, and “God saw how good it was.”