November 17, 2019: Let No Good Soil Go Untended

By Ryan Burwinkel

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love its crisp mornings, cozy evenings, and the celebrations of abundance that come with the harvest season. I also appreciate the changing season’s invitation to reflect back on the year thus far, while still having time to shape it before year’s end.

In a very literal sense, we saw an abundant harvest set out on that long table in the undercroft for our Feast of All Saints and All Souls earlier this month. More than a few of the faces gathered around the table weren’t there the year before, either. They reflect the steady participation in our “All Souls 101” sessions for newcomers this year, and the new (and newly familiar) faces smiling back across the aisle on Sunday mornings.

The abundance of our church family shows itself in more places than just our undercroft or our pews, of course. Looking back on 2019, it’s been seen under starry skies as our scout troop camps out in their new tents. And it’s there in the lines wrapped around the building at our new partner parish in Cuba, waiting to drink clean water from a filtration system that we’re helping to provide.

Sarah and I also saw that abundance of spirit first-hand when, as Jadon celebrated our marriage down in Dallas this past March, we were joined by as many of our brothers and sisters in Christ from All Souls as our own brothers and sisters by birth.

In short, to borrow from the parable of the sower (Mark 4:1-20), our soil has proven to be very good this year. So, as we turn to the end of this year and begin planning for the next, Sarah and I are committed to helping All Souls enrich that good soil by tightening our belts a bit and increasing our pledge for 2020.

We know we can’t just cast our seeds about indiscriminately. Instead, with care and attention, we can help ensure that none of our good soil goes to waste -- and none of the promising new growth taking root within it is left untended.

We also pray that, with any luck, a little sweat, and a decent helping of God’s grace, we’ll all be gathered back at that long table in the undercroft next year, “filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:11).  I hope you’ll join us.

Last Published: November 14, 2019 3:07 PM
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