Harvest can mean different things to different people. For some there is the appreciation of the different colours of the leaves on the trees and for others it means the start of a long winter with dark evenings. As I write this and look out my window, I see an array of colours, from light green to dark green, from yellow to golden brown, from orange to dark red – the splendour of creation. When we watch the colours of the season change, and the leaves finally drop off, and notice the farmers hard at work in the fields, one cannot but help recognise the faithfulness of God in fulfilling His promise “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease” (Genesis 8:22).
The singer/ songwriter Brian Doerksen in his song ‘Creation Calls’ asks this question “How can I say there is no God? When all around creation calls.” For me, that is a very powerful question. When we look at the wonders of creation, the beauty and splendour of the world, we see the majesty and generosity of God.
Bishop Ken has announced that 2016 is to be a year of mission in the Diocese, with every parish actively getting involved in different forms of mission, and 2015 is to be a year of preparation for this. Each of us, who are believers in God, have a Harvest to prepare for. This Harvest is when Jesus returns and calls His people to be with Him. As the prophet Jeremiah puts it “The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved” (Jeremiah 8:20). We are called to sow and reap, we are called to spread the Gospel message near and far, we are called to lead people to Jesus. When the great Harvest takes place, when Jesus returns, one question remains – where will you be?
Placing our trust firmly in Jesus gives us the assurance, the hope, and certainty, that we will be gathered into His eternal Kingdom. This is a good reason to give thanks at Harvest.
I have felt the wind blow, Whispering your name
I have seen your tears fall, When I watch the rain.
How could I say there is no God? When all around creation calls!