“ He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.[c] You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.” II Cor. 9:10-12
The fertile land surrounding our church—farmed by the Dawleys, the Sittigs, the Hansons, the Meyers, and others—are yielding yet again the green shoots of bean and corn plants that will soon be crops in the bin again. For generations, these cared for fields have continued to grow the food needed for our world to keep going. We always thank God for the bounty of the land.
Beaver Valley Lutheran Church has been around for a long time. We, like the land that surrounds our church buildings, are a well-tended bunch of believers. Many faithful generations have gathered each week, through thick and thin, and trusted in a power that is not our own. And, trusting in the Spirit’s daily, guiding presence in our lives, we as a congregation continue to branch out and quite literally “grow” into the years of ministry to come! We thank God for the bounty of this congregation.
St. Paul would have us remember that the bounteous supply of God is not just for the members of the congregation (the “saints” as St. Paul calls us), but is the source of our “overflowing” return of thanks back to God. Our growth into our years is God’s work to be humbly received. Words from St. Paul’s second letter to the church at Corinth remind us that it is the same God who inspires and makes happen the miracle of two hundred+ bushels per acre corn who also inspires and makes bountiful the lives of those who place their trust in Christ Jesus. The growth of all good things (both physical and spiritual) must be seen as a gift from the One who “supplies seed to the sower and bread for food.”
I pray that Beaver Valley is thankful for God’s presence among us as we enter into busy, June weeks of ministry. Please read about and involve yourselves in the growth of our ministry as you are able. In this issue of the Tidings read about:
As we ask God to guide and inspire our work, we will grow into what God wants us to become. I am thankful for St. Paul’s words that remind us God will help us grow in just the right way if we but remember to give God the thanks!
Pastor Greg Johnson