Reclaiming the Locus Years (Poetry)

June 10, 2021

Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given the early rain for our vindication; he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the latter rain, as before.  “The threshing floors shall be full of grain; the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.  I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten...   - Joel 2:23-25

Joel talks about the restoration of the land after four years of failed harvest. And harvest is a theme for me.  

Reclaiming the Locust Years

We reap what we sow.  

And pound for pound there is always more of what we harvest than of what we plant.

We sow good and get better. We forget to plant and get nothing.

Or we sow the wrong thing. The bitter thing. The thing we meant to bury.

A law of nature. Not good or bad. But always reliable.

The laws of the harvest are the laws of life. But the promise of the harvest is of God. 

And his promise stands. 

Seedtime and harvest, cold and heat.

So today I pray for that future harvest, 

The one I believe in even when I can no longer remember plenty.

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