If you live close to the land or know someone who does, you ache during a drought. Yesterday I walked through a field of corn. Green leaves had turned dry, and only a few plants had produced tiny, stunted ears. Drought currently affects more than half the counties in the United States, and this scene is repeated in field after field. The plants, the animals, it seems the earth itself, are crying out for rain.
In the desert between slavery and the promised land, when the people complain at the lack of food, God provided manna, food for the people and an answer to their plea.
We know so well what we lack. When God rains down answers to prayer, will we notice it? Will we give thanks? Will we remember it and tell others?
This Sunday 8/5, even as we pray for rain and all else we need, we will remember God opening the door of heaven, especially in Jesus. Paul Ellis will preach.
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
85 Wayne Street (btwn Barrow & Jersey Aves)
Downtown Jersey City
Dying corn, Columbia Bottom, Missouri, 8/1/12, by Paul Bellan-Boyer.