Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving. I’m a bit late in posting but figure it’s never too late to give thanks!
Series: Devotions of Praise and Thanksgiving
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Tuesday Nov 29, 2011 under Devotions of Praise and Thanksgiving
“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” – Genesis 2:15
Jules Dervaes and his three adult children live in a 1917 craftsman-style house in Pasadena, California. They are urban homesteaders. In their 1/10 of an acre garden, they annually produce more than 6,000 pounds of food. It provides for more than 90% of their diet and they are able to teach others to be good stewards of the land.
It was during the 1970’s that Jules turned to the Lord and the Bible for instruction. He learned to be an expert gardener and in the mid-1980’s bought the home in Pasadena. During this season of thanks, Jules wrote:
“ Our society has followed the broad way opposed to God’s plan for man; instead of stewards, we have become abusers of God’s creation. As a consequence, we are alienated from ourselves, from each other and from the Creator; and, today, our very existence is threatened.
Taking steps on this journey, I came to realize that the basis of true religion is in how we earn our daily bread. It is not enough just to “have” faith; there must be a demonstration of faith in everyday life, here and now. Thus, I have been following this ancient path back to God, as clearly marked in the Bible.
I am thankful for dirty, sweaty, manual labor by which I eat my food and through which I learn God’s directions. I am thankful for the blessing of life-giving rain for the harvest.”
Jesus is indeed good and He is the Lord of the Harvest. Today in prayer, thank Him that He provides so much for us and that He truly desires to dwell with us.
“The destination to which my faith is taking me is the work of living in harmony with nature, in community with each other and in conformity with God’s plan of salvation. My hope is to be part of the restoration of God’s Earth—our home.” – Jules Dervaes
God’s Word: “The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.” – Psalm 145:15