November 2015 – Commit your way to the Lord…

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. – Psalm 37:5

Autumn winds flash with color, leaves flutter to the ground. With just a few days left before the end of our pumpkin patch season, it’s looking as if we will again contribute to the Bourne Food Pantry as much, or nearly as much, as in recent years. Which is very good news indeed – since, as most of us know, this year the truck that was to bring our pumpkins broke down in transit. Then for several days we waited and prayed, till, finally, we learned a new shipment of pumpkins would arrive ten days after our initial scheduled date, now on a Tuesday. We were concerned about how this late start would impact sales, and unsure how many helpers we’d muster for unloading pumpkins in the middle of the week. (We’d been promised at least 30 Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets to help on a Sunday, but now we were told by our friendly contact at MMA that they could only come up with eight volunteers on that Tuesday.) Some of us envisioned a small crew of perhaps two dozen unloading pumpkins late into the night…

When our family arrived a few minutes before four that Tuesday, there were already more than a dozen people unloading…Soon another dozen… Cars kept pulling in, folks kept joining us unloading. The eight MMA cadets who came early told us they were the only ones able to come. But they must have been suppressing grins; in a few minutes, here was another car load of cadets, then another. Soon about forty members of the MMA Rugby team were cheerfully passing pumpkins and stacking them, side-by-side, along with at least forty five volunteers from our churches. (I counted more than 85 of us in all; and MMA’s low estimate was a friendly joke, as it turns out…)

Within an hour and a half we had entirely unloaded the whole truckload of about 2200 pumpkins. Brian Jackman had prepared home-made soup and sandwiches for the cadets. As they finished eating, each cadet said “thank you very much” to us. Of course we said “thank you very much!” to them. (And to each other.) And of course feeding them was the right thing do. But still I’m pondering – hearing volunteers say ‘thank you’ for being able to help!

At the end of the day the church lawn looked beautiful, entirely full of well-placed pumpkins.

And the next day as our family helped with the noon to two shift, people told us again and again they had waited for our pumpkins, because they want to support the Food Pantry, and because they appreciate our efforts. Doing the right thing still resonates. When, in the psalmists words, we “Trust in the Lord and do good…” When we commit our way to God, when we trust in God – God indeed will act.

Thanks be to God… again and again… As we commit and recommit to serving our gracious God in this and in every season…

The grace and peace of our ever-faithful God be with you, Pastor Tim