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 grain;
they shout for joy and sing.
The singing fields are intriguing - I wonder if I get really quiet inside, will I be able to hear them.....?
Life rushes past: weeks, months, years, with relentless haste. Connecting with the season we’re in slows us down, re-connects us to the earth’s rhythms and gives our lives ‘breathing spaces’. Each season has its own attributes, colour, shape and purpose. By taking time to stand & stare’ we not only tune in to the mystery of creation, but into what someone has described as the ‘divine breathings’. We put ourselves in the way of an encounter with the Creator Himself.
God has revealed Himself through His Word, and expressly through Jesus Christ. But there is an additional ‘book of revelation’, (which never contradicts the revelation in His Word), which is open for all people to read: the Book of Creation. The Western world in the last century has seen an almighty attack on the belief in God as Creator, and has reaped the consequences (see Romans 1).
His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen,
being understood from what has been made,
so that people are without excuse.
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things have been created through Him and for Him.
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
[Colossians 1: 15-17]
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
[Psalm 19: 1-4]
When Jacob awoke from His sleep, (out on a hillside) he thought,
‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.’
He was afraid and said, ‘How awesome is this place!
This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.
[Genesis 14: 16,17]
In the UK, the seasonal year of our ancestors contained four distinct periods, marked by four thresholds. Sometimes these ancient demarcations are more helpful than the conventional ‘spring, summer, autumn & winter’ of modern times, in enabling us to relate more intentionally to the passing seasons.
Taking time to stand at the threshold of a new season to reflect gives us the opportunity to access an all-important breathing space for our lives. And perhaps we can also learn from the ancients in turning these thresholds into times of celebration.....
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