The sights and smells of fall are upon us. We are witnesses to the wonders of our natural world as farmers begin harvesting that which was sown earlier in the year. All that hard work performed in planting the seeds and nurturing the growing plants, leads to the joy of a bountiful harvest. God’s gift of this world is an amazing thing to experience. We see this gift in the relationships that we grow with each other.
Our senses allow us to enjoy more fully the bounty of persons we are connected to as we plant the seeds of each relationship. We nurture those relationships over time and treasure the harvest of our experiences. Sometimes, the seed that is planted sprouts quickly and the time to harvest is short, but the sweetness of the fruit remains.
It is often difficult for us to comprehend why the gift of life in some circumstances may last for a very short amount of time. In one instance, the joy ended before we met. For another close to me, the joy lasted 11 minutes. The profound impact that those short lives had on us continue and it is up to each of us to harvest the beauty of that life sown by God and part of the harvest that is Heaven.
I know the impact those 11 minutes had on me over 20 years ago and have learned to appreciate the harvest of eternal life through the short life of a little angel. Whether it is 11 minutes, 14 years or 104, each life is sown by God and it is up to each of us to nurture that seed and harvest every moment until the final harvest of eternal life.