I once listened to a very thought-provoking audio book called An Edible History of the World by Tom Standage. I learned a lot about seeds, food development, and especially fertilizer. Standage does an excellent job digging through the history and progress of fertilizer. Many of you have gardens and you know what a wonderful difference fertilization makes to your flowers and vegetables. Here in Lancaster County fertilizer is an aroma we know quite well. The other day, I thought for sure someone had done something very awful in our bathroom, or perhaps worse that a sewage pipe was backed up. I should have known better. The farmers around us were applying winter fertilizer to their fields.
Standage convincingly shows that without fertilizer, we would not be able to feed the world. Fertilizer is, in a very real sense, the hope of the world.
Jesus knew about fertilizer and he discusses it in a parable. In preparation for tomorrow’s sermon, read Luke 13:1-9. Perhaps you need a little hope, a little fertilizer!