October 9, 2015 on 9:43 am | By | In In God's Pocket | Comments Off on FRIDAY THOUGHT 10/9/15: THE BEST HARVEST

It’s nearly mid-October, and, even down here in sweet Georgia, the gardens are pretty well done for the year. Between Susan’s efforts and those of our generous neighbors, we have eaten fresh chard, squash, hot and sweet peppers, and more this year, restocked the rosemary and basil jars, and put up enough tomatoes for several gallons of pasta sauce. It’s hard to imagine this cornucopia of produce came from tiny seeds and little seedlings.

Then there is the other garden we get to plant and do our best to nurture. The gentle reminder comes from one of my favorite Bible quotes. Rather than attempt to explain it myself, I invite you to read the following verse from the book of Hosea about the best kind of harvest. It is beautiful. – jri

I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of


     and you will harvest a crop of love.

Plow up the hard ground of your hearts,

     for now is the time to seek the LORD,

that he may come

     and shower righteous upon you.’

                  ~ Hosea 10:12

Susan loves the garden. She loves preparing it, planting it, watching over it, protecting it from (and sharing it with) marauding rabbits and ground hogs. I sometimes watch her working in it – tying up plants, weeding, checking for rot and other problems. She works methodically, with focus and confidence, and peace. In our own lives, we do our best to plant those seeds of righteousness and till the ground of our hearts. And, ah, every day we harvest a bumper crop of blessings, with grace and joy and friendship showered upon us. Life is a blessings. Amen.


John Ingrisano


4279 Hunter Road

Gainesville, GA 30506

October 9, 2015


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