March 22

“For the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.”  Isaiah 61:11

“He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.”  2 Corinthians 9:10

Burn Your Socks Day … Tomorrow in Annapolis, Maryland, people will celebrate the coming of Spring.  Forty years Bob Tuner was tired of winter and snow and invited friends to gather around a bonfire and burn their winter socks.  A tradition was born!

 

Where winter is chilly and damp or cold and snowy, Spring brings out the giddy … and the hopeful … for new life and growth.  Hours of daylight are lengthening; birds are more vocal in the early morning; finches are changing from brown to yellow; the smell of wet earth, the feel of breeze through an open window.  People begin browsing seed catalogs and diagramming gardens.  Farmers watch the water table and pace.  We depend on those who grow crops, our food.  The upper Midwest is blessed with good farmland. There are many places in need of our surplus. 

From a tiny seed the world is fed.  From a tiny seed righteousness and praise will spring up before all nations.  Christ the King (my church) mission statement reads:   Know Christ!  Show Christ!  And GROW in Christ!  A seed is planted as we hear the message of God’s love for us and for all.  As we study Scripture our faith becomes stronger.  We want to learn more and understand the needs of others.  In gratitude we respond to God’s gift of grace and reach out in service to others, scattering more seeds of care and compassion, along with God’s love for all.  Burn those heavy socks … and step out into a new day! 

Dear Lord, We pray for those who are hungry, and for those who suffer through spring floods and storms.  We give thanks for cycles of nature that bring new life, and for those who grow our food.  Move us to share with those in need.  Amen.

Verla Olson