Faith at Work XXVII

October 2006

Harvest is a special time of year when we think of the growth that has been achieved from small beginnings through to abundant fruit.I often grow tomatoes from seed that I sow early in the year, nurture them through until the frosts have past and plant out in late spring.When they are established and branching out all over the place, it is important to pinch out the side shoots and limit the trusses so that the plantís energy can be focussed on an effective yield.Then we can enjoy the full flavoured fruit in our summer salads and produce chutney from the unripened green tomatoes to enrich winter meals.

It seems to me that much of that process can be applied equally well to all aspects of our lives and in particular the growth of a thriving business.Some of the people that I meet at the Science Park have had a clear vision of what they see themselves contributing to our society; the seed has been sown and they have studied hard so that their efforts may be well rooted; they are being nourished through the support of the good working environment provided by the staff of the Science Park.

On one of my recent visits, I was greatly encouraged by the approach taken by some of the people that I now know well.They have reached the middle stages of their business where their work is becoming more widely known and appreciated and, rather than continue to press on for other leads which might overwhelm them, they have adopted the policy of being content with current opportunities and of providing a quality response to continuing clients and those who seek them out after seeing evidence of their work; time to enjoy and give thanks for the harvest before sowing again in the springtime of new ideas and initiatives.

The same principles can also be applied to our spiritual lives.After we have caught glimpses of the true essence of life, it is good to reflect on how they affirm who we are and what we are to do, what Godís will is for us if you like.When members of the Iona Community gather together to share insights and support one another, they link their worldly aspirations with their recognition of spiritual grace with the following prayer:

O Christ, the Master Carpenter,
who at the last, through wood and nails,
purchased our whole salvation,
wield well your tools
in the workshop of your world, so that we,
who come rough hewn to your bench
may here be fashioned
to a truer beauty of your hand.
We ask it for your own name's sake.

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