Rejoice Together – part 2

So that the sower and the reaper may rejoice together.Jesus of Nazareth, The Gospel of John

It has been my experience that the emphasis of this verse is on the “reaping”—the gleaning of the fruit, ​corresponding to the​ practice in​ ministry of looking for opportunities to “bring people to Christ”.* In my previous post​,​ I highlighted that “reaping” wasn’t the only activity mentioned by Jesus in this moment. In fact, he seemed to put reaping in its place alongside the need for sowing or other activities for proper farming – or spiritual growth.

The analogy that Jesus is drawing here relates to what is needed in the whole process of the spiritual journey to Jesus the Christ. In the last post I made my observation, in this one I want to ask several questions.

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Rejoice Together

Green Barley Field

“Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” Jesus of Nazareth, The Gospel of John

The primary grain staples of 1st Century AD Israel were barley and wheat – used to make bread – an important part of the Jewish gastronomical and spiritual culture. Commonly, in that region, the seeds were sown between the months of November and January, then tilled or hoed into the ground to allow to grow and to protect them from scavengers. Beginning about early April the barley fields would begin to be harvested which would last through May when at the end of that month the wheat harvest would be reaped. When first planted the ground would obviously be brown or clay in color, then as the plants grew to their largest size they would be green, and finally as they would ripe in the full sun their color would change to a light gold or cream color. Altogether about an eight-month period of time for both grains.

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15 years…

August 25, 2011 (rev 09-09-16)

I had always thought I’d get to the top of them…but it could wait, after all they would always be there.

The morning started like it normally did for me – reluctant to leave sleep but looking forward to seeing the students. Knowing that I was meeting Paul to collect materials to hand out at Pace University resonated in my mind as I slipped on my shoes and made my way to the subway.

The books, music CDs, info postcards, and special toys were all safely deposited in a self-storage building west of Times Square. Our plan was to meet at the self-storage place, load everything we needed in a taxi and take it down to Pace located three blocks from the World Trade Center. We would hand these materials out to incoming and returning students as we did every year before looking for ways to help students during their years in college…and to remind them also that there is a Jewish carpenter who loved them. So Paul and I met at 9AM.

The first sign for me of anything unusual that morning was the sound of emergency vehicles echoing off the buildings. Normally there wasn’t anything strange about this sound in Manhattan, after all there are a lot of people with needs in the City. But what was strange was seeing eleven vehicles pass hurriedly down 11th Ave, a brief red blur. I remember remarking aloud something like, “Must be something big” or “You don’t see that everyday” to a fellow pedestrian as we both paused to watch the passing vehicles rushing downtown…some for the final time.

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The making of a Christmas Card











A few years ago Sarah’s friend, Audrey, purchased a small early 20th century hand letterpress that until recently was in storage. Since we live in a community of artists, someone is always interested in finding new ways to create unique pieces of art – artifacts that are pleasing to the eye.

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Spring into Summer update…




Hello Friends and Family,

We just wanted to give you a quick update of what has been happening with us the last few months. This June marks 9 months we have lived in The Perch – our house. There has been a lot of work – both inside and out –  happening on it as we have enjoyed living here. This past April we designed, implemented and planted the first stage of our backyard gardens – an herb parterre. We ended up putting in some tomato and pepper plants as well  since we don’t have our vegetable garden started. Everything is thriving. After putting the parterre in we realized we wanted to get some water and electric lines run before we put in any more permanent aspects. Once the lines are completed, we will put down the pea gravel on the pathways.

We see this home as a blessing and want to share it with others in our life and work here in Rock Hill. So we see the design and construction of our backyard as just as important as anything we do inside. Artists – and any human being – love beauty in all its forms, and gardens are a huge part of that. We are trying to build a small reflection of the “Garden City” that awaits.

We continue to operate our habitual Friday Arts Project events – weekly discussion, drawing nite, etc. – and also plan larger ones. We have an art show in development of a body of work coming from our “drawing nite”; we are also planning a lecture series and our Fall November event with the local Historic “White Home” here in Rock Hill.

But before that we need to finish our summer which for us means traveling out to Colorado for our Biannual conference – most of July we will be on the road.

Thanks for your prayers and support – come see us and The Perch.

Kirk & Sarah

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