Harvest time again

Corn harvest in Delta

Harvest time brings mixed feelings.  On the one hand, we look forward to enjoying the wonderful variety of fruits and vegetables which are ready to eat. On the other hand, we see the fields returning to their barren state, flowers fall,and  leaves change into glorious colours before they drop from our trees to the ground where they decay and put nutrients back into the soil.
Here in Delta, many crops have already been harvested yet some fields are still filled with corn stalks and pumpkins.  The air is now a bit cooler. It is a time not only of harvest, but of new beginnings, especially for young people and children who have returned to their studies.
This has been a challenging year as we have had little rain for July and August.  At times our sky has been filled with smoke from forest fires in various areas of our province and from our good neighbours to the South.
At this time it is good to remember all the steps it took to get to this critical time of harvest.  Preparing and enriching the soil, planting seeds, pruning, weeding, and all those things that only a farmer understands. But there is one other thing we should remember, the many earnest prayers of those who planted, that the harvest might be sure, abundant and strong.
The Word of God says that “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and night shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22 NIV
What a blessing it is that all these factors are consistent for all time! Without them we would not have the wonderful food we enjoy and require to survive.  Have you personally thanked God who formed the earth, who set our sun and moon in just the right location, who created the starry host, who set the planets in motion and created all life, including you, for your daily food and health and strength?  There is no time like the present to do so.  May the Lord God Almighty, our Heavenly Father continue to bless you with all the good food and things you need, including his great love for you.