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Revd Sharon Lord writes…….
What has your harvest produced this year?
During this time of year in the church calendar, the season is called Creationtide, traditionally we think about God’s creation and celebrate harvest,
But whilst we may initially think harvest equals the crops gathered in by farmers and gardeners, it is of course bigger than that, as we also remember the harvest of the sea, with the blessing of the local herring at the end of this month (Sunday 31st October 2pm at the Odds Fellows.
But what about other harvests?
Harvest of the flocks, when sheep are sheared, when cows are milked, when eggs are collected
Harvest of the earth, with natural resources such as coal, iron, copper and tin, precious stones, gas and oil,
Then there is our own harvest, the harvest of our spirit,
St Paul described the ‘Fruits of the (Holy) Spirit’ in his letter to the Galatians:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22)
We are made from the same materials as the earth – minerals and water – but we have the “Breath of God” within us; that is, the gift of life. Like the earth, we can produce a good harvest or a bad one.
At the time of harvest, it’s good to reflect on what sort of harvest we’re producing from ourselves, and to remember to be faithful to God as he’s faithful to us – to remember to thank him for all his gifts to us and to the earth.
God bless ,