The Song of the Unfruitful Vineyard
Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watch-tower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?
Reflection by Janet Derby
When I was about 10 years old, my mom had her kitchen redone. At that time, the new thing was indoor/outdoor carpeting, so she decided to use it for the flooring. Sometime in the first few days after the installation, I was making my lunch and I dropped the pot pie I had heated up on that new floor – and yes, it landed upside down. I still recall the awful feeling of seeing that mess on the new carpet. I can only imagine how my mom felt. When we spend our time and effort to create something and then see it spoiled. Even a young child will be devastated after building a tower of blocks to see it knocked over.
One of the reasons I love to travel is to see the fabulous variety of scenery in the gorgeous world in which we live. When I read this passage, I thought about the wonder of God’s creation and the love and care God that has shown us in providing it for us. My thoughts then turned to recent reports that there are seven major countries which are running out of water and how we have affected the climate in dire ways, not to mention how we treat each other. How sad that must make God. While Isaiah could not see the ways in which people today would disappoint God, he certainly speaks truth to us.
Creator of All, Forgive us for not caring for your creation and for each other the way we should. Help us to find ways to right those wrongs and restore its beauty. Amen.