Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in a garden to know it - Rumi
The cycle of the seasons continues. The new growth that sprouted in spring has now produced its flowers, which the bees have pollinated, producing the fruit has ripened over the summer. Autumn is the time for those seeds and that fruit to drop to earth bringing about new plants and trees next spring. Some of the trees are starting to shed their leaves which have now outlived their usefulness. The trees need to shed anything unnecessary to conserve their energy for the long winter months. Soon they will stand naked skeletons against the grey winter sky. Season follows season as it always has done and always will. Let us give thanks to God for His constancy and for His great bounty.
As the fruit has fallen to the ground and the leaves, having outlived their usefulness, shed, now is the time to consider what in our lives needs to be discarded. Advent, the forty days before Christmas, is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. It is just three weeks away. Now is the time to look at our lives to see what can, or more likely should, be discarded to make space in our hearts for the coming of the King.
Peter is a father and a grandfather who has been retired from full time employment for a number of years