Here we are at the end of August and at last our summer seems to have arrived! We are basking in blazing sunshine and enjoying time with family and friends outdoors. September will soon be here and will bring the autumn equinox, a day of equal light and darkness. This is a balance that happens only twice a year. September is a time of change as children start or return back to school. Many of us are returning from summer holidays spent at home or abroad and I can’t believe that someone mentioned to me very recently that there are only about 18 weeks until Christmas!
We will soon see autumn change the glorious green of summer into the blazing red, gold and bronze of this season. It is at this time of year that we celebrate the Harvest Festival, a time when we should give thanks for the bounty we are receiving as the farmers gather in their crops. I recently spent some time in Cambridgeshire and saw the tireless efforts of farmers working day and night to bring in their crops. We have a lot to be thankful for in our lives and as Christians we thank God for our daily treasures. Our prayers do not only have to be said in church – we can pray anywhere at any time. We can pray to give thanks, to seek guidance, to ask for strength, wisdom and for the gift of unwavering faith. We can pray in our homes, on the street, up a mountain, in the woods or on the beach. God doesn’t care where and He will always answer us. Sometimes He will say “yes, sometimes He will say “no” and sometimes He will say “wait”.
So, as the summer draws to an end and the long days of autumn and winter approach let us be always thankful for the gifts we receive, for the strength we have to endure difficult times and for the eternal promise that God is beside us.
Blessings to you all, Adrian and Jo