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Topic: HARVEST (11/21/19)
- TITLE: Stalked by Provisional Planners
By Loni Bowden-Horn
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Folks barely could keep food on the table. Hannah's family was no exception.
If things did not get better soon, the farm that her ancestors had owned for over a 100 years would have to be sold.
Hannah watched her dad limp into the house after inspecting the fields. His head hung down and shoulders slumped forward in disappointment.
Her father said crevices grew deep in the parched soil, and the edges of the husk-like blades of corn were yellowed instead of green.
Due to the water shortage, the city officials had curtailed the amount of hours the farmers were allowed to irrigate their crops and there was no rain forecast in the near forseeable future.
To make matters worse, stingy old Mr. Tack had persuaded the commission to divert a portion of the river to water his commercial property.
Everyone in town knew that because Mr. Tack was filthy rich, he got whatever he wanted. He was ready and willing to swoop in and take over any property that didn't survive.
Her dad's faith in God was unwavering. He said he would handle the crisis on his knees in prayer and let his Father do the heavy lifting. Het mother did whatever necessary to make sure we had food to eat and clothes on our backs.
Her mom and dad organized church suppers to help support our missionaries. Het mother also knitted hats and slippers for cancer patients and the elderly at nursing homes.
The pastor announced from the pulpit that there was an important congregational meeting after next week’s Sunday service and he wanted everyone to attend.
When Hannah's family arrived at church, we noticed a table filled to the brim with turkey, stuffing, cranberries, yams, mashed potatoes, gravy, and an assortment of pies.
When word got out of our town’s plight, nearby churches set up a harvest table. The table had been hewn out of boards salvaged from a vacant farmhouse. A simple conacorpia decoration adorned the center of the table.
There had been an outpouring of gratitude from the community for the provisions that God had bestowed upon them over the years.
A joyous celebration.was held combining prayer and feasting.
Everyone was welcome at the harvest table of God. Would you have attended?
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