“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”
November – it’s wintertime!
Plants are dying down and some animals are hibernating- all conserving energy.
In farming communities after a busy Spring of planting, a Summer of tending and an Autumn of harvesting, there is time during the winter months to take things a bit easier and to sit back and reflect on the year gone by and make preparations for the coming Spring.
Some years ago, when the pace of life was much slower, most people found that winter brought a time of quiet, an opportunity to do some of the tasks that couldn’t be done because of the busyness of other times in the year and an opportunity to be more reflective. However, life today seems to never slow down and we try to do as many things
as possible all of the time. The shops, even at the beginning of November [and sometimes even from September] are full of things for Christmas so we start thinking and planning for that weeks in advance.
It would be good to take time to reflect on that verse from Ecclesiastes 3 –”There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”
Just as the farmers plant, tend and harvest at the right time as it says in verse 2 of that chapter: “a time to plant and a time to uproot,” it would be good for us to take time to live in the moment and to appreciate and be thankful for all God has given us.
In that same chapter it says:
“He has made everything beautiful in its time” Ecclesiastes 3:11.
Autumn, October my favourite month. Spring is lovely but a very busy time, spring cleaning, sowing seed and digging the garden. Summer, wonderful holidays, outings with the family, and visitors but then comes October, so much less to do, much calmer and usually some good weather. The trees are wonderful colours, walking is a pleasure and yes who doesn’t like to shuffle through the piles of crackly leaves?
In the King James’ version of the Bible autumn is only mentioned once but in newer versions there are between six and fourteen mentions of harvest or autumn. Of course, as with many verses in the Bible the words may not mean exactly what they say. So here are three verses for you to think about as you take a lovely Autumn walk.
Genesis 8 v22
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest and cold and heat and summer and winter and day and night shall not cease.
Psalm 126 v5&6
Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping and carrying seed to sow will return with songs of joy carrying sheaves with them.
Then I will send rain on your land in its season both autumn and spring rains so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil,
by Lesley Barton
Join us at church at 4pm on Sunday 17 October. Pause, reflect and remember friends of family who died while we were unable to have the funeral services we would have liked. We will give thanks for those who have recovered and pray for those still suffering. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards.
Full details can be found here.
Our Small Time Group for pre-school children and their carers returns on Thursday 7 October 2021, 9.30 – 11.15 am. Play, stories, music and fun!
The harvest is here:
earth’s bounty we bring!
And as we draw near,
God’s mercies we sing.
From greenhouse and garden,
allotment and store:
these love-gifts we offer
and praises outpour.
A harvest we bear –
our talents and time.
A calling to share:
such is God’s design.
As people of Jesus
we honour his name;
through our love for neighbour
his love we proclaim.
God’s harvest shall come,
when all is fulfilled:
death’s forces succumb,
and violence be stilled.
Then all that has breath
in Creation restored
shall bow down in worship:
One Harvest, one Lord!
Copyright © Dominic Grant
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