From our Minister

From our Minister

A year ago, our two-apple trees were looking very sorry for themselves; they bore five apples between them and they were scabby inedible offerings. This year both the Bramley and the eater are bowed down with an abundance of fruit.

On my walks around the village, I notice various bushes laden with berries in vivid reds and various shades of yellow and orange; crab apple trees, rosehip and blackberry bushes all with a profusion of fruit. I also have an abundant crop of acorns on the lawn; they are being looked after by the grey squirrels, who are busy burying them in the lawn!

Autumn is a wonderful season and always reminds me of the promise God made after the flood: “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

We are living through challenging times and it’s easy to be brought low by the ceaseless list of woes fed us by the rolling news service. We might ask; ‘Where is God in all this?’ We have the answer, but are guilty of forgetting it, and consequently try to carry our burdens alone. Remember the Christmas message?
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

God with us, we are as near to God now as we will ever be in all eternity. God’s promises are not empty cliches to make us feel good for a moment. They are his faithful words to a people who might feel inadequate and weak; words from a God who is faithful and strong. More than sufficient to meet all out needs. To me Autumn and the abundance we see is a reminder of that.

And when we look at what is happening in the world; what is God going to do about it? There is a wonderful promise in Isaiah 42; it won’t always be as it is now:

Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be discouraged
till he has established justice in the earth;