As the harvest is gathered, as the leaves begin to fall from the trees,
as all things which gave the summer the look of vigour come to the end of their season,
may I be reminded of the life-giving aspect of letting things go when their time is up.
From: The Celtic Year by David Cole
September is a transitional month, a time of change as summer turns towards autumn and holidays turn towards term time, of course these transitions affect some of us more than others. Those who work outdoors and those who work in education will be most affected but even the rest of us notice the changing seasons.
So I wonder, as the trees drop their leaves in a shedding that will bring regeneration, are their things that we could shed, in our personal lives, in the life of our community?
For instance because of lockdown, for a while we shed our rotas but maybe seeing the burden this places on our Churchwardens we should bring them back…
Memories of loved ones, empty seats at the table, unreasonable expectations, old wounds resurfacing in ourselves or in our relationship with family and friends.