It has been a difficult year for gardeners, allotmenteers and farmers. I certainly didn’t have a very successful year in my vegetable garden. Earlier in the year I felt it was too cold to sow seeds at the normal time and later on it was very dry and I had to prioritise what I could water. I have managed to establish some small fruit trees and had crops from a few vegetables. I was surprised that most of my shrubs and summer flowers coped really well with the dry weather. I did notice how weeds grew really well, not only around the garden in general but also close beside the plants I had watered!
At least this area has had some rain at intervals during the summer.
A recent Bible reading at church seemed to me to be as relevant today as when it was first written. It is about being generous with our giving as God is generous in supplying our needs.
“And God, who supplies seed to sow and bread to eat, will also supply you with all the seed you need and will make it grow and produce a rich harvest from your generosity,” (2 Corinthians 9:10).
The circumstances in the world around us will make it hard for many families to meet their physical needs for food and heating this winter. We pray for all who are anxious about the future.
The Bible verse seems at first to be about God meeting our physical needs, which he does abundantly but it can also be read as God equipping each of us with the gifts we need to spread the Good News to others.