There is a Farmer who has authority over all lands. But he is concerned less about the lands than about the peoples there, for the Farmer King is preparing a great feast. The King is to be married to his Bride and desires a banquet that is worthy of his honor and her beauty. So he sent out his servants to plant and to teach all the peoples to plant so that they would bring in the finest of foods.

The Farmer first sent them out with wheat. They dug up rocks, burned the weeds, scared off the birds, and scattered seeds. The rain fell. The sun shined. And when harvest came, some of the people nearby helped the servants harvest the wheat. They threshed it and ground it and baked it into flat unleavened bread ... just as they had always prepared their food. The servants brought back the harvest to present it to the King. But the Farmer knew of other seed and other foods and other peoples. So he sent them out again.

The servants went out with rice to further lands. They prepared the land and planted seed. When the harvest came, the peoples of the land helped them harvest. The rice was cooked, and the wealth of those nations was taken back to the city of the King. On their way to the city of the King, they stopped in the Farmer's homeland to take some of those riches as well. As they expected, some families there brought unleavened bread. But to the servants' surprise, there were many other families that had not given gifts to the King before. Some brought cakes, and others brought dumplings and some with names in other languages. The servants were unsure if the King would accept these gifts, but he did, for all were the finest of foods, as even the most particular servants agreed. They thought, "Surely the King will be satisfied now, and the wedding can begin."

But the Farmer sent them out again. The servants asked for more seed, and this time they carried barley and potatoes and corn. They were learning that those in the mountains ate differently than those at the shore and that even next door neighbors often eat different foods if they are from different families. They went further and worked harder. When the harvest came, the families again prepared the very best of foods, for they too wanted to serve the King well and knew he was a wise Farmer. Fried or mashed, boiled or hashed, the potatoes were good. Barley made excellent soup and warm loaves. There were tortillas and Johnny cakes and fresh corn on the cob. On the way home, the servants found that rice makes good noodles and crisp cakes. The peoples also came before the King. Surely the wedding feast could begin.

The King is more joyous than ever and promises to reward his servants well. "But," he says, "there are still more seeds to sow and there are still many hidden families who are hungry. And have you forgotten? There can be no wedding if the Bride isn't altogether ready and here. Go, focus on your task, plant and harvest for another season. Bring me members from all those hidden families, large and small, near and far, the Berbers and the Li, the Kurds and the Hui. They will prepare new delicacies. Then we will gather. The Bride will be ready and no guests will go hungry." So servants from many nations are going out with more zeal, for they know that the wedding feast will soon take place. Soon we will rejoice and rest from our labors. Thus the Farmer will be honored as King forever, and the Feasting will never end!

Acts 1:8
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