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September 22, 2016

Autumn, and the Stage of the Cycle

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So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knows not how*.
For the earth brings forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
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(Mark 4.26-9)
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And so it is, harvest time, for the farmer, and for the farmer of history. True harvesters know, it’s the Earth which produces of itself, a gift of grace, while we then must work to guide this grace to become our daily bread.
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This I say for those who understand, and who wish to understand. And it is said against those who think they can substitute artificial idols for the Earth’s abundance, and who impose slavery in the name of liberation from honest, fruitful work. They yearn to justify their self-chosen exile from the Earth. They call this exile prosperity, they experience it as luxury and illness. God knows theirs as the sins of pride, greed, lust, gluttony, envy, sloth, and anger. The Earth knows them as destroyers, parasites, and squatters.
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Bread from stone? They offer grapes of thorns, figs of thistles. Their tree is corrupt and brings only evil fruit (Matthew 7:16-20). They do nothing but poison the grace of the Earth, and put a tax on that which the Earth gives for free.
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By their fruits you shall know them.
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They command the stones to become bread, and they claim to succeed. It’s really a game of smoke and mirrors; don’t be deceived.
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As always, there’s only the free grace of the Earth, and our humanly midwives’ role.
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Thus we are the salt of the earth. But we must keep our savor (Matthew 5:13).
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Hail to the Autumn, the harvest, the bounty, the grace. And let us prepare the fields, for the Winter which must interpose, and the Spring where we must weed, dig, sow. Our Summer soon will be with us.
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*And yet through our work and the supplement of science we have come to know. We understand ecology and agroecology. Here too, those who echo Satan’s sneer about bread-from-stone have nothing but the lie. In the same way they wish to impose slavery in the name of freedom from work, so in the name of science they strive to suppress science. They shall fail and lament.
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    Comment by Nic Roberts — September 22, 2016 @ 9:13 am


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