The days are getting shorter, the nights longer and cooler, and the trees are displaying browns and golds as the leaves slowly wither and fall. We are now into the season of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’ and, if this year is like most years, wind and rain as well!

At this time of year we give thanks for the harvest. We remember the importance of working in harmony with each other and with the natural pattern of the seasons. The world has been created in such a way that some tending and care by human hands is called for if the harvest is to be successful. The earth will not yield food for everyone without some human effort. So we endeavour to be good stewards of the world’s resources.

Let us enjoy the autumn, especially the beautiful sights and colours this season brings. And let the ongoing march of the seasons remind us of God’s unfailing love and faithfulness for the creation around us. In the book of Genesis, after the flood had abated, Noah builds an altar to God to offer his thanks and praise, and God says:

‘As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.’

[Genesis 8:22]

This is a reassuring promise that there are laws that govern the earth and its seasons which God has put in place. My prayer is that our care of the world around us will enable us to live and work for the good of the whole created order.

Rev Nick Lakin