A Tale of Two Harvests
Sustenance for the Body
The arrival of Autumn is both subtle and unexpected in the Carolina Low Country. Fall may arrive on the wings of powerful electric flashes of energy splitting the night and forcing the transition from steamy summer heat to the sharp chill of a southern winter. In other years, the harvest season may be so subtle one only realizes it has arrived when the brown oak leaves suddenly coat the ground around our ankles.
Since the time of Adam and Eve, life has been driven by the seasons. Historically, here in the South, we depended on farming to survive. Sharing the ideas and expertise of successful farmers helped ensure proper preparation of the ground and effective planting of the seeds in the Spring. Technology has changed the labor involved in managing our food supply - but some thing never change. Autumn is still both a time of focused exertion as fruits and vegetables are ready to be picked and stored for the winter,and a time of excitement as we recognize the concrete results of our labors and celebrate our blessings.
This time of year - the gathering in of the crops - is often referred to as the "Harvest"...and the quality of one's life is dependent on the quality of the harvest. In fact, survival is dependent on managing the subtle balance between time, temperature, and talent. A successful harvest does not just feed the farmer - it feeds a hungry world incapable of providing for its own nourishment.
In short, we celebrate the Harvest with thanksgiving because it is never accidental - it is always the result of a community of people actively sharing talents, visions, passions and resources.
Food for the Spirit
There will be no subtlety in the arrival of our 2015 Revival! Rolled out into the open field, raised by the physical strength of roustabouts, and cheered on by the emotional excitement of those watching - the old fashioned tent will serve as an echo of the powerful role revival has played in the lives of the Southern Christian Community.
The idea of revival calls to mind a large group of people in a tent, in a stadium, in a church, in an open field...drawn together physically for the celebration we call revival.
And yet - the physical environment is no more the revival than the plow is the harvest.
How then, do we begin to understand Revival? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it in this way:
Lee Roberson, the founder of Tennessee Temple University, saw revival as a personal commitment. "Revival begins in the individual’s heart. Let it begin with you on your face alone before God. Turn from every sin that might hinder. Renew yourself to a new devotion to the Saviour." American clergyman Vance Havner simplified that thought: "Revival is falling in love with Jesus all over again."
Clearly then, the purpose of a revival is to strengthen God's people for working in his fields...preparing to plant the seeds of joy and salvation and bringing the nourishment of God's promises to a fallen world.
Please join us as we prepare to work in God's fields.