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St Paul’s And Holy Cross

1st of October 2013

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. (Eccl 3:1)

Last Thursday I stood in the early morning light and watched the mist rolling over the common. A few hours later, wispy tendrils of morning dew rose gently from the grass as the sun laid claim to the day. These scenes are for me a gentle reminder of the changing seasons. The warm days and long evenings of Summer are over and Autumn begins to signal her arrival. Another season to wonder at God’s creation – what awaits us is the final riot of colour before the earth falls into rest. Autumn, the season ‘of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, is a season for thanksgiving and remembering – Harvest festivals, Remembrance Sunday. This year we add the 175th Celebration of St Paul’s, an exciting time for all of us as we remember, celebrate and give thanks for those who have gone before us in Chipperfield. Time is one of the greatest gifts we have: it is given to each of us in equal measure every day – 24hrs, or if you prefer 1,440 minutes, in which to breathe, live and be delighted by all that is around us. And time taken to observe, reflect and delight is not wasted, it is making good use of our given life: as Seneca said, “life is long if you know how to use it”. We don’t need to take time or use time, we just need to be in time, to inhabit this precious gift so we can be refreshed, renewed and know more deeply the purpose God has for our lives.
Shalom, Michele Du Saire

 
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