Praise God for the Harvest!
September sees the start of a new Methodist year and and I am delighted that this this is my first
year with you all. As I sit down to write I look across the Tyne valley to the skyline of Gateshead which has the blessing of a full Harvest Moon lighting it up. Its an amazing sight.
harvest time we celebrate transformations and creation at all levels, giving God the glory and praise due, but at the same time recognising and giving thanks for human endeavour. A harvest hymn written by Brian Wren encapulates this thought when he writes:
Praise God for the harvest of farm and field,
Praise God for the
people who gather their yield,
The long hours of labour, the skills of a team
of science, the power of machine.
Praise God for the harvest that comes from the ground,
By drill or by mineshaft, by opencast mound;
oil and for iron, for copper and coal,
Praise God who in love has provided them all.
Praise God for the harvest of conflict and love,
For leaders and
people who struggle and serve,
To conquer oppression, earth's plenty increase,
God's harvest of justice and peace.
As I write this letter many parts of the world remain in crisis.
War, famine, drought and flood has brought for many only heartache and hardship. As we reflect on the last verse we must remember to pray for lives lost, especially calling to mind their loved ones. Pray also for world leaders who seek justice and peace for
Remember in your prayers also our own farming communities, if you are able in any way express your
thanks. As I finish this letter on a new day and glance across the valley, fields in the distance have already been ploughed in readiness for next years harvest! The transformation never ends!
Every Blessing, I remain yours in Christ, Rev Colin