Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Plant, Water, Harvest- A Food Pantry Lesson

Yesterday volunteers from our church helped to sort, mark and organize over 10,000 pounds of food for our Food Pantry. Do you know what that looks like????? 

There were 35 or so beautiful people there to do the dirty work. 

Young and Old Working Together

The beautiful body of Christ 

Expert Pallet Stacker!

But....we were not alone. As I was thinking about these wonderful, sweaty, dirty, thirsty volunteers my mind also wandered to all the other people that helped make this moment happen. The many citezens of our community who gave the food, the postman who put our name in the mix as a recipient of the food, the parents who stayed at home today with small children so that their spouse could be available to work, those who have prayed for this ministry, the warehouse space donated, the visionaries for this ministry....lots of unsung heroes. I thought of the verse....

I Corinthians 3:6- 
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.

The wonderful thing about this verse is that both of the first two jobs are essential in gardening....you must plant and you must water....without those two things, certain failure is guaranteed. However, when each gardener does his duty, God blesses the land and makes the garden grow. Each job is essential but when it comes right down to it...it's all about the job God does.

The parent who stayed home with small children today and the person who prays for this ministry on a regular basis and those who came and worked today are all just sowing and watering.....but God gets the glory for all that was accomplished today.

Thanks to all those who helped make it happen. It was wonderful!

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