A clear statement of a much disregarded reality.  You reap what you sow  In a time of rancorous political discussion we have two choices.  We can choose to regard the situation and people around as negatively as possible thereby sowing the seeds of discord  or we can choose to  view through the lens of God’s love.  As this devotion points out when we choose the latter course we create “fertile ground” and our potential becomes Godlike.  We become partners with God in creating things which are good and lasting.

I bring you anther insightful devotion form the Living Chruch and the Reverend Emily Hylden written by the Reverend Patrick Gahan:


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God Makes Fertile Ground 
Daily Devotional • February 12
By the Rev. Patrick Gahan
If you heed these ordinances, by diligently observing them, … God will love you, bless you, and multiply you (Deut. 7:12-13).

The movie should have been filmed in black and white. I cannot recall a single colorful object in it. As is often our custom, Kay and I enjoyed an early lunch and then took in a movie on our day off. We chose Children of Men, as both of us had read the P.D. James novel on which it was based.

If the novel was dreary, the film was bleaker still. It is set in Britain in a tumultuous apocalyptic age. Trash has piled up a story or more on London’s streets, and hordes of immigrants are stuffed into circus cages to be deported. The darkest part, however, is that there are no children. Nineteen years earlier, all women across the world had become infertile. As I endured the film, I couldn’t help but wonder, did the infertility precede the loveless society or did the loveless society precede the mass infertility?

Moses weighs in with the latter view. He says if Israel will love God and keep his statutes, which means for the most part loving other human beings he sends their way, then “God will love, bless, and multiply them.” Moses adds: “God will bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground” (Deut. 7:13).

We should not be particularly surprised by this promise. After all, God creates in love, and expects his creation to be extended in love. Any loveless corner of the earth would certainly be a godless corner. “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them” (1 John 4:16).

Well, I don’t want to spoil the movie for you, but toward the end a baby is born right in the middle of a filthy refugee camp that is afire with civil war. Once the revolutionaries and the government soldiers catch sight of the baby, all the fighting stops for a moment and not a sound is heard but the cry of the child.

If you heed these ordinances, by diligently observing them, the Lord your God will maintain with you the covenant loyalty that he swore to your ancestors; 13he will love you, bless you, and multiply you; he will bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the issue of your flock, in the land that he swore to your ancestors to give you. 14You shall be the most blessed of peoples, with neither sterility nor barrenness among you or your livestock. 15The Lord will turn away from you every illness; all the dread diseases of Egypt that you experienced, he will not inflict on you, but he will lay them on all who hate you. 16You shall devour all the peoples that the Lord your God is giving over to you, showing them no pity; you shall not serve their gods, for that would be a snare to you.

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