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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sabbath Rest--to Every Thing There Is a Season

Even kitty knows it is the time when frosty nights prompt warming fires. But on our dining tables, only minimal change appears these days as a result of the season. Exceptional apples might replace the grocery store standard we buy in mesh bags the rest of the year, but if you make an experiment of "eating with the season" as I'm beginning to attempt, you learn so many unexpected and delightful things about the nature of our Creator. For instance, right now I'm meditating on this one: what a gift of hope it is that both a spring garden salad:

...and the fresh-pickings for a fall one:

...have richly parallel ingredients, yet they contain just enough variation to make them unique and interesting. It is hard for me to accept that compassionless beings exist on this planet--although I've seen evidence of their works. Still, when I sink my teeth into these buttery baby lettuce leaves, the crunchy baby carrots and the sharply-spiced baby cayenne pepper, I'm reminded that my Creator is not of one mind with those beings. After a season of bare soil under a blanket of snow, good things--similar things--will spring up anew, and I will taste of their bounty.

So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul—then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. Deut. 11:13-15

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