The evenings are drawing in and the weather is turning decidedly nippy, the swallows are leaving and the geese and swans are arriving. Autumn is certainly making its annual appearance. Many love this season: the crisp air and the turning of the leaves to such beautiful colours, before they descend to the ground, it is like the last hurrah of the year, before it beds down for the night in the season of winter. To me as the season predictably comes it shows that God is in his place and all is as it should be.
Driving home the other night I saw a convey of tractors being driven along, laden with crops, the tractor lights were on as it was past 8.30 in the evening and it was already dark, the nights are drawing in. As we know it has been a very challenging year, weeks of drought and very hot weather, challenges to farmers have been massive and I am sure many have had to reflect on what to do for the best outcome of their crops. We haven’t yet felt the impact that the lack of yield this year will give, even after so much hard work. So, particularly in this season of harvest it is good to appreciate all of this. Maybe we can take a few moments as we share our meals to remember just how much is done and how many people it has taken to get the food to our plate. From the farmer who sowed the seeds to the person who cooked it and put it in front of you and all those people in between. It is just another example that none of us are islands that we need the help of each other to get through life, in a changing and sometimes harsh environment.
The church itself is going through a hard time; there is a drought of people now who regularly come together to worship or indeed have a faith in God. And the heat is on for us to look at our selves and reflect on what we are to do. Just like the farmers we are feeding our nation, but our feeding is with the greatest of things: the knowledge of the love that God has for each and every one of us, shown to us through the life, death and resurrection of his Son Jesus.
Just like the farmers the hard work is being done by fewer and fewer people and I suppose we too get a little tired and weary, when things seem against us and maybe our spirits are low.
But it is in times exactly like this that we can really expect God to work. God teaches that it is not through our own efforts that His work will be done, but through His power. What if each of us reflected and prayed into this blessing that Jesus teaches? “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God”.
God’s church here in the United Kingdom is going through some mighty challenges and like the farmers (lets pray it is so this year), the harvest is great and the workers are few. The needs of our communities seem to be far greater than ever before: isolation, poor mental wellbeing, poverty, addiction, social media pressures, from the very young to the very old. And these are the very people that need so much to know and be shown the love of God for them. So this month will you pray with me for God to send the workers and to rebuild and refresh those already called, so the people can reap what God has in store for them?