My calendar is almost ready to turn over to that pre-winter month of November and that means that the harvest season is almost complete. A few more crops to be harvested and the colder weather will be here before we know it. I love the fall time of the year, it’s not hot anymore and it’s not extremely cold, it’s perfect weather for the farmers to harvest their crops.

When I was young the harvesting of the crops was a busy time of year and there was no rest for a farmer, during those busy months, of September, October and November. The work was hard and hours were long but those times were exciting for me, when wheat and oats had to be thrashed. It took many men to do the job and a 16 acre field of grain would take an entire day to harvest.

A week ago my husband, Richard, was driving along a road where they were preparing to harvest a large field of corn. There were trucks lined up waiting to follow behind the corn picker to receive the harvested corn and truck it to the farm bins. Now that machine, for harvesting the corn, was gigantic, the tires were huge and it could harvest 10 or 12 rows at one crossing of the field.

Yes, harvesting crops is still a lot of work but that field was harvested in about an hour. It’s less physical work for the farmer, but it’s still a lot of long hours in the fields.

Another crop that needs our daily attention is spreading the Word of God to those who have never heard of Jesus and his love. It’s a crop that brings joy to all of us who want others to know about Jesus so they too can spend eternity in heaven with Him. We who love Jesus are the laborers who take every opportunity to let others know about Him and His salvation. In Matt. 9:37-38 (NIV), Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

That is why I write these letters, I’m one of those workers who’s happy to let others know about Jesus. The crops the farmers harvest are important for providing food to sustain life. Those I witness too, right here “at My Kitchen Table” can be a crop harvested for Jesus, when they accept Jesus into their heart. And that gives one a new life, a life that is for eternity.

Jean Rudolph


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