The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. – 2 Corinthians 9:6
It would be incredibly easy as this week draws to a close to be in a space of despair and pessimism. What we all witnessed this week in our nation’s capital and continue to try and process in our hearts and minds, there is a great deal of darkness to sift through. It's all enough to make one want to throw in the proverbial towel, curl up in a ball and keep the world out.
And most certainly, what happened this week was the reaping of things that have been sowed for a great long while. When such seeds are what are planted, though we are horrified, at a certain level are we surprised at the harvest which was reaped? When we sow discontent, that’s what we reap. That was evident in full, violent, rage-induced display for the world to see.
The truth of this means, just as much, that when we sow seeds of compassion, peace, justice, empathy, and forgiveness, that is also the harvest that will be reaped. These are the seeds that we called to sow as people of faith. And more than that, regardless of our faith traditions (or lack thereof), these are seeds we are called to sow as sisters and brothers in the human family. As Paul reminds us in his second letter to the church in Corinth, when we sow these seeds bountifully, we will reap them bountifully.
This is a profound moment in history for our nation and we as it’s people. As we consider what got us here and where we go from these moments forward, we would do well to consider what seeds we’ve sown and what kind or harvest we want to reap in the future so as to set ourselves upon the task of planting seeds of sacredness for the sake of us all.
Loving God, in the face of our lesser selves, reminds us of the type of gardeners you call us to be and the kind of seeds you desire us to sow, so that our children might enjoy a peaceful, joy-filled harvest.