After several years of living in urban communities I am appreciating living in a rural community during harvest time.
As I travel around the Borders it is a joy to see the harvest being gathered in. Even finding myself stuck behind a slow moving tractor can be an enjoyable experience as I have more time to appreciate the magnificent scenery.
Autumn is my favourite time of year and when I was living in Michigan in the USA I missed not having a Harvest Festival, however, the American thanksgiving holiday was a good substitute.
Harvest time is a good opportunity to take stock and count our blessings. I think sometimes we get so caught up in daily life that we become oblivious to the many blessings we receive and we take them for granted. John Gowans and John Larsson wrote a song that says, ‘I nearly forgot to say thank you’. I think we are all guilty of, at times, forgetting to say thank you.
So this harvest time, take time out of your busy lives to count your blessings and say thank you. Psalm 136:1 says:“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”