Thanking the Lord for the Harvest

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The Lord has given us many gifts for our use in this world. Among these are the grains, fruits, and vegetables that we harvest at the end of the growing season. The Lord gives us spiritual food as well—seeds of truth and good that will lead to a heavenly harvest. Whether or not we are not actively involved in bringing in the natural harvest of the earth, we can take time to thank the Lord for all the gifts that we receive from Him.

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Ideas for Discussion

  1. There is a long tradition of celebrating the harvest in many cultures. People come together to thank the Lord for the bounty of the earth.
  2. The Lord provides us with what we need to nourish our spirits as well as our bodies. The Lord’s love and wisdom are the spiritual food which will sustain us to eternity.
  3. “’Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4).
  4. One of the important ways we can open ourselves up to receive the Lord’s gifts is by acknowledging that they are, indeed, from Him, and not of our own doing. In this frame of mind, the Lord can flow into us and implant those seeds of truth and good that will lead to a heavenly harvest, both in this world and in the life to come
  5. At Thanksgiving time, some churches invite us to give a fruit offering to the Lord. Giving fruit to the Lord is like bringing to Him what we do best. And we do that to show how much we want to thank Him for the blessings He gives us. These offerings represent the acknowledgment that the Lord is the source of all good things.
  6. What are some other ways that we can thank the Lord for His many blessings, including the natural and spiritual food He provides to give us life?
  7. “The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and you give them their food in due season. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing” (Psalm 145:15-16).

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As we celebrate the natural harvest, we can reflect on the Lord’s desire to help us reap the spiritual fruit that will make us part of His kingdom on earth and eventually come into His heavenly kingdom.

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