Raking and the Kingdom of God

imagesRaking leaves: on the bottom of my list, way below all other yard work. Lower than fixing leaks; cleaning; trash day. Since I can’t think of a task I enjoy less, it must be close to the bottom. Made even worse by the fact that I had them all picked up two weeks ago, then it got windy and I had to start again. I become nostalgic for the days you could pile them up and pour a gallon a gas, toss the match, and feel that WHOOMPH in the chest.

But raking leaves is my vocation for today, God’s call on my life, and one where I must pray for the Spirit’s hand on me to guide the rake, with joy, care and gratitude.

I recognize no gospel which lacks the power to connect me with God’s grace even through, for example, raking leaves.

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  1. Gary,
    As you well know, we shouldn’t “despise the day of small things”?
    Zechariah 4.10.

  2. Raking leaves is great excercise for both body and spirit. For the body great muscular and cardiac workout; for the spirit great meditation on the things of the Kingdom!


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