One of the readings from church sometime last month:
2 Kings 4:42-44
A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing some food form the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, 'Give it to the people and let them eat.' But his servant said, 'How can I set this bfore a hundred people?' So he repeated, 'Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the Lord, 'They shall eat and have some left.'' He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the Lord.
And this was the poem that was in our bulletin. I'll let it speak for itself, Ms. Burgess says it so well. Truly beautiful.
The First Fruits by Ruth Burgess
When I bring you the first fruits
you get what you get:
you get my energy,
You get the raw me.
Part of me would prefer to bring you
the finished article:
the tried and tested formula,
the buffed and polished carving,
the machine that I know will work.
But that is not what you ask for;
because you want to be with me in the making,
in the messiness,
The laughter and the pain.
God of first fruits,
here I am.
Come and work with me always.