The last line of our reading from the Letter to the Hebrews is, “We are not among those who draw back and perish, but among those who have faith and will possess life.”
There we are asserting that we can confidently put our fates in God’s hands. We are like the farmer in the Gospel. Once he has prepared his field and scattered the seed he gives himself to sleep, knowing that God will cause the seed to sprout and grow. Two days ago I was with a lady who opened her eyes just before she died, and she said, “I am not at all afraid.”
There is great comfort in letting ourselves become part of nature’s flow. We watch the clouds transport billions of gallons of water from the ocean to the parched fields.
Through the late afternoons we follow the flight of numberless birds winging home with food for their broods. Each of us can say, “Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.”