September traditionally sees the time for harvest. Fruit and vegetables are ready for picking and in the fields, corn is ripening. In days gone by, before the introduction of expensive machines which now do most of the work, farmers all worked together, first doing one farmer’s harvest and then moving on to the next. After all the work had been done a big party was held for all the families involved – the Harvest Home, where there would be singing and dancing in thankfulness that the weather had been kind whilst the work was done, and the harvest was safely gathered in.
Jesus told His disciples “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” There are many people both here and in other countries who still need to hear the good news of Jesus, and how He can make a difference in their lives but just like those farmers, we can’t do it on our own, we all need support. The Apostle Paul said that we are co-workers in God’s service and Jesus tells us that “the fields are ripe for harvest, the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.”
The farmers of old worked in partnership with each other and celebrated together, they didn’t refuse to harvest because they weren’t the ones who planted the seed – let’s keep working together!