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Title: Far from Eden
Date: April 22, 2014
This story, that I call, “Far from Eden”, is from the journal Homiletics.
A farmer bought an abandoned farm and planned to make it thrive. The fields were weedy. The barn, the fences and the farmhouse were falling down and rotting. On his first day of work, the preacher stopped by to bless the man and the farm and said, “May you and God work together to make this the farm of your dreams!”
Months later, the preacher dropped by again. The farm, the barn, and farmhouse were a sight to see. Rich green crops grew in neat, cut rows. A flock of chickens scratched in the dirt. Ducks quacked in the pond. Cows quietly munched grass in the meadow. Sheep bleated in their pen. Hired hands mended the fences. “Amazing!” cried the preacher. “Look what God and you have accomplished together!”
“Yes, preacher,” says the farmer, “but remember what the farm was like when God was working it alone!”
Do we ask, “When will God mend the fences?” “When will God feed the chickens?” I hope not. If we wait for God to do the work, nothing will get done. The last time God did all the work for us was back in the Garden of Eden. This is no Garden of Eden. This world is God’s working-world, and we are the workers. If we want it done, we will have to do it ourselves.
Let's Pray: Dear God, we need work and the opportunity to work. We need that from You. We will do the rest. Amen.
Here's a Thought: "Remember what the farm was like when God was working it alone!”
Homiletics: The Art of Communication Through Preaching and Worship, Volume 16, Number 3, May-June 2004, p. 24.