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October 2014 - The Seeds We Sow Now...

October brings Harvest Festival, celebrating the crops, reaping what was sown earlier. We should never forget the hard work of farmers, near or far, who produce the food we all need, as well as the fishermen who harvest the seas. Sowing and reaping take many forms. Our thoughts, words and actions all sow 'seeds' that will produce a good or a rotten harvest in our lives and in the lives of others.

Every action affects someone. One example is the Treaty of Versailles (1919), that officially ended the Great War. Some of the 'seeds' of World War II were 'sown' then, with the very harsh terms imposed on Germany. In so many conflicts the violent actions of groups sow seeds of hatred in others that last for generations - breeding further future violence. Examples of this are the Balkan war of the 1990’s and the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Gaza.

Yet it is not all gloom. The world is 'sown' good; evils are largely man-made. The Iona Community's creed says: 'We affirm God's goodness at the heart of humanity, planted more deeply than all that is wrong.' That is a great truth that we can help to make known by sowing seeds of peace in the world, our neighbourhood, our homes and in ourselves: 'Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.' Every day we can sow seeds of love, joy, peace, forgiveness and reconciliation - at home, school, work, leisure - wherever we are; those seeds will bear fruit. We have far more influence than we know. So let us ensure that the seeds we sow will yield a harvest of good. St Francis (12th Century) wrote a famous prayer that begins: 'Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred let me sow love .....'

May God bless us with his peace and make us peacemakers to others.


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