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Friday, May 3, 2013

Match Made in Heaven

My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor” (John 4:34-38 NIV).

I wear more bling around my neck than probably I should. But each of my three necklaces (stainless steel I assure you) has significance. One necklace is a gift from my wife (now deceased) and has on it a cross that came with the necklace. Additionally this chain now sports my wife’s wedding rings. The second was a gift from my mother-in-law. To this chain I have added an anchor upon which a crucifix is affixed. My son has an identical pendant about his neck. The third necklace has special meaning. It is in tribute to all those who are non-Christian but who because of their compassion and humility often out-Christian Christians. These are people that “are ripe for harvest.” They manifest Christ in all ways but name only. They often have been raised by kind and loving parents or undergone similar influences. “Others [that is] have done the hard work.” The structure of Christian faith is perfectly complementary to their meticulously crafted personalities and resolution only awaits an intimate pairing between them and Emmanuel.

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