"A Time To Give Thanks ...."
The autumnal equinox on 22nd September is often considered to mark the changing of the seasons as we move from summer to autumn. It’s historically been the time of year when we give thanks for the harvest and for the work of our farmers across the seasons and throughout all kinds of weather in order to provide the food we need around the year. Over the following Sundays we will be doing just that in our different churches at our Harvest Festivals.
This year in our Harvest we want to expand our sense of thankfulness because, despite the many great difficulties of the past 18 months, there is so much for which to be thankful. Wonderful as the NHS has been and deserving of so much thankfulness, there are so many other people and activities for which we also need to give thanks because of the way in which they/we have contributed to finding our way through this pandemic.
Trying to write down a list of who we should be giving thanks for, and the kinds of things that have been done to sustain life and community, and it quickly gets extremely long and wide-ranging. To pick on any one group would be divisive because if you take a look around you, everyone has done something even if it has only been picking up a phone to chat with someone they’ve been missing. And in their wide variety, all these activities have been just as important for sustaining life as the food our farmers produce year on year.
So, it is right and good that we should try and give thanks for all that has been done, all that we have done as members of our communities to sustain their life in these past challenging 18 months. So, look out for the events happening in your community, come yourself, invite your neighbours and friends, and help us to celebrate all the good that has been going on - alongside the food produced by our farmers, for this too is something of the harvest of our communities during this time.
It is time to give thanks, join us in doing so ...........