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‘You make grass grow for the cattle and plants for us to use, so that we can grow our crops and produce wine to make us happy, olive oil to make us cheerful, and bread to give us strength’ – Psalm 104:14-15.
In an episode of The Simpsons, Bart is invited to say grace before a meal and prays: ‘Dear God. We pay for all this stuff ourselves, so thanks for nothing.’
In this season when churches and communities are celebrating Harvest and giving thanks for the variety of gifts of creation we can ponder the mystery and wonder of human-divine team work.
The Psalmist mentions wine, olive oil and bread. To make each requires hard work combined with the mysteries of God given nature.
The story is told of a minister out tending his garden when a parishioner passed by and commented: ‘You and the good Lord are doing a great job.’
To which the minister replied: ‘You should have seen the mess it was in when I left it to God!’
God invites us to share in the work of co-creating good things for the benefit of all, and to acknowledge not just the divine but the human work behind all the things that we enjoy.
Rev Donald McCorkindale,
Strontian, Ardgour and Morvern Parishes, Church of Scotland.