Fruit, delicious to the tongue, health for the body. The more thoughtful effort expended to care for the tree--its growth, vitality, protection, needs--the better fruit produced.
He rejoices to see good growth, health beaming. He sorrows when the tree faces diseases, pests, storms, enemies of all kinds. Carefully the farmer searches out sources of help and tends the trees, working to restore them to full health.
Some are kept. The farmer wants to use his apples for himself, his family, his friends and neighbors. Others come in and glean from the trees, from the ground. They're not so choosy...small ones, scarred ones, they can still be enjoyed.
|you see we don't try and make dinner the same day we make applesauce...thanks Costco pizza!|
But that farmer, he enjoys many delicious foods from his labor. Applesauce, jarred up to savor all year long. Pies, salads, treats, and even cider.
|pulp to be squeezed|
...However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?
photos: fall visit to the farm, text: Luke 18.8b