Here in the north of England the corn harvest is largely gathered in. Watching the harvesting machinery move slowly up and down the fields gives a great sense of connection with the past; modern technology, perhaps, but an age-old process.
It is good to take time to ‘stand and stare’. Unlike our ancestors, we are largely removed from the provenance of our food, and often take the rich variety available for granted. In addition, we frequently forget that the ultimate source of our provision is the Lord.
An understanding of God’s amazing supply—in all its aspects—is fundamental to the rest God wants to give us. Sometimes we have a hard job trusting Him to look after the details of our lives; one of the ways we can start to build our confidence in His promises to care for us, is by noticing and celebrating the obvious.
This harvest-season is a great time to start; let’s take time out to focus on the wealth of foodstuffs available to us, and make it the focus of our praise and celebration.
1. Cook up a seasonal feast, or eat out at a restaurant specialising in seasonal food.
2. Bring the outside in - dress the table for your feast, or display some natural 'finds'.
3. Make some bread by hand: enjoy the feel of the ingredients & the process of kneading, (and the result of course!)
4. Write or sing a psalm of praise. You don't need to be a David - just grateful!
5. Go for a sensory walk. Thank God for what you can see, hear, smell etc. Then record your observations in some way, for example, with photos, journaling, drawing, or poetry .
6. Visit a local farm shop or farmers market & buy local seasonal produce. Ask God to pour out His blessing on the business.
You crown the year with your bounty,
and your carts overflow with abundance.
The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
the hills are clothed with gladness.
The meadows are covered with flocks
and the valleys are mantled with corn;
they shout for joy and sing.
At harvest-time the earth is rejoicing; let’s add the sound of our praise.
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