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Well it is that time of year again. Funny how the years just keep rolling on and have the annual cycles of the seasons.

But I digress and realise the harvest season is almost done.

Autumn is here and the fields are getting empty fast and the ploughs are out. Wow, where has this year gone. It seems too often that we look at this fall season as a down time, a time of sadness that the summer is over. And perhaps we are right at some levels. It is a reminder that things come to an end and that winter soon approaches. Autumn is just not appreciated for what it can and perhaps should be.

Isaiah 9:3 reminds us: “You have multiplied the nation and increased its joy; They rejoice before You according to the joy of harvest, As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.”

There should be a joy in the harvest season. Time seems to slow that wee bit and gives us time to pause and think. Hopefully there is a bit of rest from the busyness of the summer and a joy that there is plenty to eat and even perhaps a time to feast. (I’ll mention that again as I get a bit closer to my American Thanksgiving time as I do each year.)

It is also a time for us to be reminded that not all are doing as well as we might be, and so we need to at times set aside some for the poorer amongst us.

We are reminded of this in Leviticus 19:0-10: “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the LORD your God.”

Some days we are the blessed others we are in need of being blessed. And the cycles of season to season comes into each of our lives. And the God given promise of this was given to Noah many many years ago as God said: “while the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer and day and night shall not cease.”

So wherever you are in this journey, I pray that you are among the blessed and able to be a blessing. And if not, I pray that you find those willing to be a blessing to you.

We as a community have an area of blessing that is the Angus Foodbank a place to help those in need of a blessing yet a place the currently blessed can help in. I know you will have seen the piece in the paper last week about the first local collection coming up at the Co-op on October 26.

I hope many will find a way to be a part of that as we remember the promise of God to provide our needs throughout the cycle of the yearly seasons.

Blessed in Christ,

Rev. Jon Bergen

Brechin Baptist Fellowship