Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Early October is grape harvest in Pennsylvania.  I found myself jogging down a rural road just outside  the small town of North East Pennsylvania.  The air was cool, and literally saturated with the smell of concord grapes.  Tractors, harvesters, and semi trucks run around the clock in order to get the grapes to Welch's for immediate processing.  During a visit to the plant earlier in the day I learned that the first place the grapes go when they enter the gate is the inspection station.  They are checked for rot, disease, quality, and impurities.  If they do not make the grade, they are turned away.  The vineyard owner must be diligent during the entire growing process to insure they produce a quality product for the harvest. 

My prayer today is that when presented with opportunity, I would be diligent and purposeful in what I sow, for whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.  Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

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  1. Lovely photo and prayer, Patrick. I hope that your day was fruitful.


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