It is a time of thankfulness and it is a time of giving.
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again”. St. Luke 6:38
The spiritual implication of “sowing and reaping” has practical roots. A recent quote of a farmer’s wisdom: “you must learn one of these two activities, either learn to sow in the spring or learn to beg in the fall”. While this refers to the practical needs of life, it has the symbolic concept for all aspects of life.
The season of spring is the season of youth. The season of autumn is maturity.
All seasons of life on earth have the practical needs of physical survival and perhaps the blessing of material abundance to sustain self and family and community. The blessings do not appear without diligence and effort. The true blessing is the communal abilities and gifts of sharing. All prepares us for the season of heavenly grace. The learned ability to love and forgive, the conviction that we are at one with God and thereby with all creation, and the learned behaviours of respect and dignity carry on forever. The physical aspects are temporary.
In giving, we share on the immediate term and we ensure future sustainability for generations to come. In giving, we are blessed and thankful for the ability to give, and therefore our “thanks – giving” has greater significance. The practice leads to increased growth. Generosity becomes a self-fulfilling regenerating experience.
The cycle, sow – reap - give, increases and goes on. By our example, lessons are passed on for others to do likewise. Our children learn to copy without question.
They become the echo of experience. Let us teach and exemplify goodness, with an earnest desire for continued personal spiritual growth.
“…he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” 2 Corinthians 9:6
“…and God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:” 2 Corinthians 9:8
“AND NOW ABIDETH FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY, THESE THREE;
BUT THE GREATEST OF THESE IS CHARITY
FOLLOW AFTER CHARITY”
( 1 Cor. 13:13, 1 Cor. 14:1)