November 2022

A Lesson from the Pumpkin Patch

By Sophia Hiser

Inside our garden’s pumpkin patch this year, I learned the lesson of perseverance. Trudging through the blistering heat and then the biting cold was no fun. But if I hadn’t taken care of those plants, and if I hadn’t chosen to go out and water or prune them, then there wouldn’t have been a pumpkin harvest. The same is true for a spiritual harvest. It takes effort to walk the journey towards godliness. But if we don’t put in the effort, there will be no harvest of the soul.

About the Artist


Sophia Hiser lives with her parents and five siblings, and loves to read, bake, draw, and sew. Her favorite book that she’s read this year has been Moon Over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool. Her newest adventure has been taking on the family garden, where you’ll see a lively pumpkin patch and other emerging vegetables. Her favorite animals are all kinds of dogs.