Thursday, July 17, 2008

It's Great to Have Files!

I took a wonderful class on parables my third year of seminary. My final project for the class was on this week's lectionary Gospel reading, Matthew 13:24-30, the parable of the weeds among the wheat. I had forgotten that I had even written this paper, funny how that happens! I came across my file on this project and it has helped me quite a bit as I prepare to preach this week.

The most delightful discovery in this file was to find a hymn text I had written as part of the project. It is to the tune of "Gather Us In," which is in the Catholic hymnal. I'm a little nervous about it, but I have decided to use it in worship.

Oh, and looking at the first line of the text, I guess I've had the name for my blog in my subconsciousness for a long time!

Inspired by the Parable of the Weeds Among the Wheat
Matthew 13:24-30
1. Here in the field, we grow where we're planted.
Nourished by sunshine, soil and rain.
Planted with care, our lives have been granted,
Food for the many, the earth to sustain.
Grow in God's care, our roots will grow deeper.
Grow in God's care, our plants will grow tall.
We're not alone; we grow strong together.
Yielding abundantly for one and all.
2. We have been sown as good seed to prosper,
Growing together to serve in God's name.
Yet all around are weeds in our number,
sown by an enemy, dark night he came.
It's not for us to weed out the other,
Not to employ the hoe and the scythe.
We have been called to love one another,
Extend to others the hope of new life.
3. Hopes may be dashed; our stalks may be broken,
Loneliness, sadness, sorrow and shame.
Here in the field, life words should be spoken.
Tending the field is the Farmer's domain.
Grow in God's care, from near to the farthest.
Grow in God's care, by the truth of the Word.
We know not the time, so wait for the harvest.
We shall be gathered to dwell with the Lord.

ETA: blogger will not let me put spaces between the verses. Sorry if it's hard to read. grrrrr.....


Hot Cup Lutheran said...

oh iris how very cool! i even sang it in my head as i read... yipee! (mmm that's a warning in case you know you just heard coyotes howling in your head just now it's cuz i was singing...)

Songbird said...

I love it! Wish I'd known about it; I would love to borrow it from you.

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more cows than people said...

great work, iris! i LOVE when i find useful stuff in files. it make me wish I was way more organized and knew what was in my files more of the time.

Magdalene6127 said...

Iris, that is beautiful! Nice writing... really excellent.