Parish Magazines
 
Each month the Priest-in-charge writes a letter for the parish magazines. It is reproduced below. Previous letters are available on the Archive page.

Revd Scott Watts is the Team Vicar serving the parishes of Aston-sub-Edge, Dorsington, Honeybourne, Pebworth, Weston-sub-Edge and Willersey. Scott writes,

Dear Friends

"As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease."

These words, spoken by God and recorded for us in the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, remind us that all of creation, which very much includes you and me, is part of a cycle of life that includes sowing and planting and then harvesting and reaping what was sown.

Autumn is a glorious season in so many ways. John Keats captures the spirit of this time of year beautifully, describing it as the "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness." Traditionally, it is one of the times during the year when we thank God for his goodness and faithfulness, rejoicing with thankful hearts that another harvest is being safely gathered. We are mindful of, and give thanks for, the work of farmers, farmworkers and all those who provide for our daily needs.

Harvest is a particular reminder of the need never to take for granted what we have, whether that be family, friends, health, food to eat, a place to sleep, possessions, wealth or whatever it might be. In many ways, compared with so many others around the world and in our own land, we have an abundance of things to be thankful for and the Bible teaches us that all we have is from God. This is why, at Harvest time in particular, we offer some of what we have been given back to God, in token of our gratitude for his unending faithfulness.

But, Harvest causes me to pause and reflect on my own life, too, and I'd like to encourage you, in the busyness of your life, to also take time to take stock. What 'seeds' am I sowing - seeds of love, kindness and unity, or something else? What will be the 'harvest' of my life? Will what I have sown bear much 'fruit'? Will I be fulfilled as I look back in years to come? The answers to those questions will depend on the choices that we've made - the 'seeds' that we've sown, if you like.

Sow well. Sow wisely and, if you are able to, make time this Harvest to thank God for the blessings that he has given to you.

With love in Christ,

Scott

Rev'd Scott Watts

Team Vicar



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