A MESSAGE FROM EILEEN
September is always a special time of the year – it’s a time when the
farmers gather in the last crops – the yearly fruition of all of their
hard work, and they do work very hard, making sure that they can
produce a good harvest in order to feed us through the coming
months. Of course, like everyone else, they can’t control the weather
and it looks like we may be facing some food shortages this year,
cauliflowers in particular. We may think that after the harvest the
farmers can put their feet up and relax but the work continues as
they plan and sow for next years’ harvest.
Harvest-time gives us all an occasion to celebrate the many blessings
that we are given by our loving, caring God, and the churches look
their best and smell delicious when they are decked with the bounty
of the earth. We do indeed have a lot to be thankful for.
As we celebrate the harvest, with our annual festivals, we sing some
of the well-known hymns for this time of year. The one that instantly
comes to my mind is, ‘For the beauty of the earth’ written by F. S.
Pierpoint. It not only speaks of the beauty of the earth and all that
that brings us, but also the beauty and variety of human relationships
and how each person gives joy to others. We are here to love and
care for each other, giving time to listen to those in need and sharing
time in conversation, being good neighbours and loving friends to all
those that we meet along life’s meandering pathway.