On 22nd of September we celebrated Harvest. One of the hardest things about celebrating harvest is the hunger we see in the world. Why doesn't God turn all weeping into joy? We may not be able to answer this question, but God challenges us to respond to the suffering and injustice in the world.
Sometimes people blame God. However, if we are honest, we humans can admit what a mess
we have made of God’s beautiful world! Pollution, decimated rainforests, species of animals vanished because of human actions, a dangerously thin ozone layer, and hundreds of years of tribal warfare, which still continues today.
In Scotland sometimes we complain about the dreich, rainy, and damp weather. But rain is a blessing, which we take for granted. The majority of the world’s population live in places where it hardly ever rains, and without enough water farmers have very little or no harvest and people live with constant hunger and starvation.
How can we help by sharing our resources with others? One way of helping is giving our full and complete support to Fair Trade products. They may be expensive, but cheap goods mean exploitation of producers and workers in other lands. We who have plenty simply have the stewardship of it.
Hungry and starving are not only abroad but here is Paisley too. We have food banks in our church, at the town’s Christian Growth Centre, and at the Salvation Army Church. We are called not only to care about people physical needs, hunger and starvation but also their spiritual starvation. Let me remind you our scripture reading, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” You are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.
Your minister, Peter