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It was a good year for the wine industry. The harvest would yield a good crop. Though the drought hit some areas hard there were others where the rains came, measured by inches, and the vineyard flourished. But it was not easy finding enough workers to harvest the grapes. Those who did want work showed up early  seeing the sign posted, “Grape pickers wanted. A day’s wage paid for all who need or want work.”

 The landowner  sent them out to the fields with buckets. At 9:00, 12:00 noon, and 3:00 in the afternoon he went out and found more migrant farmers willing to work and sent them all out as well with their buckets promising them too a full day’s wage. At 5:00 p.m. there were still more again outside hanging around.  The land owner asked them, “Why are you all just standing around doing nothing?” One replied, “We could not find any work today.” So again he offered the last group the same day’s wage for the remainder of the day’s work to be done.

At closing time, he told his foreman to pay the last workers hired their full wage, and then those hired at 3:00 p.m. theirs, those hired at 12:00 noon theirs,, those hired at 9:00 a.m. theirs, and those from the first group hired early in the day, last.

But, the first group of workers complained and argued with him saying he owed them more because they were the first to be hired and worked the longest, in the heat of the day. “We should receive more for working a full day.”

The owner replied to them, “Friend, I told you like I told all the workers that you each would receive  the same amount, a full day’s wage. It was fair and according to our agreement. Don’t I have the right to hire and choose whomever I want, and pay what is owed them? Are you jealous that I paid them first what I paid all of you? Those who were hired last and paid first are entitled to the same as those hired first and paid last.  They are deserving of the same equal pay. Now, take your pay and go.”

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The above story in fiction, a modern day version of the parable similar to the one Jesus shared with his disciples as told  in the New Testament Bible in  Matthew 20: vs. 1- 14. It tells the story of the parable of the vineyard. In that day during biblical times a Denarius was a small silver coin, a Penney’s worth, but considered a full day’s wage. The land owner emphasized the importance to pay each and every worker their fair share, and his word was honored.

In the world today where the economy is suffering, some of it due to the pandemic, yet in other ways because of administrative decisions made   people complain because they don’t have any or too little and our government is helping those who still expect extra when there are numerous job opportunities  out there. And still businesses are closing, shutting down, or just trying to stay open with few employees to share the load and carry the burden for the weakened economy. This scripture passage of the parable of the landowner’s vineyard speaks about having integrity and equality for all, in our business ventures and in every area of life regardless of age, gender and race. It is in these times when we all can be reminded of the seeds and lessons in scripture to plant in our own soil, or soul  good seeds where it can produce good fruit. 

Joyce E. Mannhalter (C) Sept. 2021

 

 

A Time to Plant

I ask the Lord

What is it You want of me to do?

Is it the season in my life for new seed?

To break new soil and prepare to plant,

or the time just to nurture that which grows?

And to God, I’ll say, “I’ll do it later, just not today.”

But, if tomorrow doesn’t come

and all I have is remorse and regret

that I took not the time to plant those seeds

and nurture your garden, and it turn to weeds,

for the harvest is great, and cannot wait,

I gave it no attention; it cries out and pleads

for there were times when I just turned away

and said, “Let another plant that seed,”

and I turned not my heart to that one in need.

But God now I ask, “Give me this day,

this moment, this season, this time, and a way

that I might find in one new soil I pray,

to plant the seed of love in one

that becomes a part of the harvest to come

in a new time and season nurturing me.

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Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: vs. 2…a time to plant and a time to uproot…” NIV This is one of my favorite scriptures in the Old Testament and the inspiration for the poem above. There is always a season and time to plant good seeds and reap a harvest of good fruit sewn. I Cor. 13:13, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 

Joyce E. Johnson © 2018

Making mud pies


From mud pies to gardening I still love to play in the dirt. There are lots of ways to enjoy nature and the great outdoors. Sixty years ago when I was six my mom would give me her old canning jar lids, spoons and bowls to play with in the dirt out beside our house. And of course there was my little ‘oven’ to bake them in: a cardboard box. My ‘cooking and baking’ process was simple. I started with the ‘freshest ingredients’ I could find; what I called ‘clean dirt’ and pulled out the unwanted things like weeds, little bugs or rocks, if any so my pies would be smooth and edible (for me that is). Once I had mixed just the right amount of water with the right amount of dirt I tasted my mixture to test its consistency, then if satisfied I patted them down into the lids and baked them in a hot, slow sun. When dry, I emptied my lids of the coarse over baked pie and would start all over again. When I told my grown girls that I ate some of my own mud pies when I was a child, they could not believe the story from one who hates insects and runs after the bug spray can at the first sight of an ant invasion. Now, when I play with my little grandchildren in the dirt planting a garden or potting flowers I can share my mud pie stories with them and let them know that a little bit of dirt does not hurt, and that mud is a part of nature, one of those things God gave us in this great big outdoors to enjoy. So, for old times sake I went outside and once again made an old-fashioned mud pie in a canning jar lid just for the fun of it, and it brought back memories of those days when I was six. So, here is a photo of my mud pie, and for certain I will show a picture of it to my grandchildren and let them know that making mud pies can be a lot of fun, and tasting them, not so bad, either. 🙂 But, I really did do quite a bit of real gardening this week too. The below photo is one of my potting projects. It was fun playing in that big barrel of dirt, too. 🙂

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Joyce E. Johnson


A seed planted…

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A seed planted, hides

In soil watered till blossomed

Kissed by the sun, grows

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Joyce E. Johnson

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