Why a blog on seasonal rhythms, on a site devoted to exploring rest?
Life rushes past: weeks, months, years with relentless haste. Connecting with the seasons slows us down, connects us to the earth’s rhythms and gives our lives ‘breathing spaces’.
Each season has its own attributes, colour, shape & purpose. By taking time to ‘stand & stare’ we tune in not only 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). But the Lord will not let His glory be dishonoured for ever, and I believe there is a time coming when people of all persuasions will have amazing encounters with the power & presence of the Living God, through His handiwork.
so that people are without excuse.
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]
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]
‘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 England, the beginning of August was known as Lammastide (probably from a corruption of ‘loaf-mass’), when loaves were baked from freshly harvested wheat & brought to the churches to be blessed. Large sheep fairs were held in many areas of the country & were the scenes of general festivity. Lammastide heralded the Season of Fruitfulness.
Over the next three months we will see the mellowing of the countryside, the harvesting of the crops, and the ripening of the fruit trees and hedgerows. Fruitfulness is a divine attribute & is written into every aspect of creation. The coming season will be a good time to reflect on this…..
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