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Ruth’s article in the September Diary August 20, 2020

Posted by nicholastufton in The Diary Monthly letter.

This year is a strange year and no mistake. It has brought grief and trauma, changed plans and disappointments. And it has brought us beautiful sunshine, a warm spring and a hot summer, more time at home and for some, the chance to discover new things. Many have been frantically busy working from home but have also expressed their thankfulness that we live in such a beautiful area where we can enjoy the wonders of nature around us. Others have enjoyed time to be more creative and discovered new skills and old.

Thankfulness is the focus of this month as we remember the majestic combines harvesting the fields back in August; as we enjoy the glut of vegetables and fruit produced in our gardens, the apples and plums, tomatoes and beans.

But it is good to remember the other harvests too – the ocean and its yield of fish and shellfish, the harvest of the flocks and the wool they produce.

The practice of thankfulness is widely recognised as beneficial to our health and wellbeing, and has a central place in both the Christian and Jewish traditions. Both faiths – as well as others – celebrate and give thanks for the harvest. Thankfulness features in many Jewish blessings and is central to the Communion service where the great prayer of thanksgiving is at the heart of the service.

This year, as well as the agricultural harvest, what will each of us give thanks for? New babies safely born, something we have made with our hands, a conversation had with friends, a beautiful sunrise, pets, music we have heard, a work project carefully completed.

Harvest is a great opportunity to give thanks for all that is good, all that brings us hope.

O give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever  (Psalm 136.3)




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