Our Minister: Rev. Richard Lowson

 

 

All is safely gathered in…

It is that time of the year. As I write this letter there is a hint of Autumn in the air, Summer is trying her best with a last flush of colour. It can only mean that Harvest is coming…

Israel had five Harvest festivals (any excuse to party): Passover, First Fruits, the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), the Feast of Trumpets (Day of Atonement) and the Feast of Booths (Tabernacles or ingathering). It reminded Israel of their God who had provided in the past, and in the present season. Thanks are given to a God for the richness of his creation.

I hope to bring to the Harvest table some of my Peppers, I have taken great delight in watching my peppers through their seasons. It started with a dry dead seed, the fruit of a season past. I lovingly placed that dead life in compost, covered with polythene and hoped for germination. Life did spring forth and the fragile shoots of life were pricked out. Great care was taken not to over water. I was excited as weekly the seedlings grew stronger. More leaves appeared and it wasn’t long before they cried out for bigger pots.

I treat them almost like children, putting them out for their first taste of life outdoors, but protecting them from frosts. Transplanting into much bigger pots. Delighting in those first flowers. Then constant watering and feeding. The first pepper, and I couldn’t contain my excitement. It's been a summer of watching the peppers grow, fruit turning from green to a wonderful red. I have given Peppers and plants away – it is so good to give. And my first fruits moment…

I am sure you are thinking get a life! – but this is my Harvest moment, my offering to the Harvest table. I don't need to explain away the story of my pepper but it is woven through with God and our gospel message.

All this from a tiny, tiny lifeless seed. Our God is good.

Richard