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The seasonal journey brings us to autumn, the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ as Keats describes it.
This year especially, we are aware of abundant growth and ‘fruitfulness’ in the bounty of brambles, apples, hedgerow fruits, garden flowers and produce, and early crops.
Harvest time is here again, an opportunity to reflect and be thankful for all that we have, including the things that we take for granted, such as clean water and the vast choice and availability of foods. We can also appreciate the extent of God’s provision through the support, kindness and help from friends, family and community groups.
Harvest is a gathering together of goodness and nourishment for body, mind and spirit from God’s ceaseless care for each one of us. If the letters of HARVEST are rearranged into STARVE, HAVE, and SHARE, we are then reminded of underlying attitudes and actions that are integral to the theme of Harvest.
We can think of situations of failed crops due to drought or disease, be concerned for lives devastated by disaster, by hunger and poverty in other nations and in ours. We can pray for and give to local agencies working to alleviate suffering, meeting need and helping to yield a better future. We can also be grateful for changes that encourage reduced food waste and ensure that we truly value the food that we have, using only what we need and, through sharing what we can, live out our thankfulness for all God’s ‘good gifts around us’ .
Reverend Carol Leech