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Psalm 24 v.1, ‘The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it’.
Here we are in autumn, the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, as Keats describes it. This year we know about abundant growth and ‘fruitfulness’ in the bounty of brambles, apples, fruit, flowers, produce and early crops.
Harvest time is here again, bringing opportunity to reflect, to be thankful for all that we have, including the things we take for granted, such as clean water and the vast choice and availability of foods, as well as God’s provision of care for us through support, kindness, help from friends, family and community groups.
In these pandemic days, people are valuing more than ever the unexpected kindnesses of others which in turn promote a feeling of well-being and thankfulness, which is at the heart of God’s harvest of life.
Harvest is a gathering together of goodness and nourishment for body, mind and spirit, from God’s ceaseless care for each one of us. The letters of ‘harvest’ can be re-arranged into ‘starve’, ‘have’ and ‘share’, which bring into focus the underlying attitudes and actions which are integral to the meaning of harvest. Worldwide situations of failed crops, drought, flooding, earthquake, disease, devastated lives, hunger, poverty, in the face of global warming and environmental destruction cry out for change. The call to reduce, repair, re-use, re-cycle and restore comes to each one of us for action now, in our daily living, along with prayer and support for local agencies.
The hymn-writer Fred Pratt-Green writes about our part in God’s plan:
God in his love for us lent us this planet,
gave it a purpose in time and in space –
Thanks be to God for its bounty and beauty,
life that sustains us in body and mind:
plenty for all if we learn how to share it,
riches undreamed of to fathom and find.
Reverend Carol Leech.