In the just reward of labour,
God's will is done;
in the help we give our neighbour,
God's will is done;
in our world-wide task of caring
for the hungry and despairing,
in the harvests we are sharing,
God's will is done.
It’s frustrating not to be able to sing, especially when an old favourite is sounding from the organ. There’s the odd mumbling into the mask (forbidden) and the ever popular hum along (permitted but just as frustrating as not singing at all.) Today, as the words of “We plough the fields and scatter” (why do we sing this only at thanksgiving?) and “For the fruit of all creation” appeared on the overhead, something unusual happened. I found, for the first time in forever, that I was really looking at the words. It was the second verse of “For the fruits” that really seemed to speak to me.
“In the just rewards of labour, God’s will is done…” The just reward—something that goes way past a pay cheque, but speaks to the inner satisfaction of doing something you love and doing it well.
“in the help we give our neighbour, God's will is done”. In Luke 10, a lawyer talks with Jesus about how he might inherit eternal life. He knows he must follow the Jewish law – love your neighbour as yourself – and so he asks Jesus, “Who is my neighbour?” And Jesus tells him the parable of the Good Samaritan. He goes further even than that. In Matthew 22 he says “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Basically, any help we reach out to give is fulfilling the will of God.
“in our world-wide task of caring for the hungry and despairing, in the harvests we are sharing, God's will is done.” Perhaps these words resonated strongly this week in light of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Programme. We don’t hear a lot about it on the news, but it is there, on the ground every day of the year and in any place where there is hunger. We can do our part in sharing with the hungry by supporting the food bank as we do in out annual drive.
So we listen—with our hearts as well as our ears.