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Details of our Parish Safeguarding Representative are
Mary Curtis email@example.com
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The fields have been busy as usual in August with the crops being harvested by the hard-working combine harvesters and tractors – and of course their drivers and operators! A veritable team working on our behalf to produce our food. We will celebrate our Harvest Festivals in church in early October and give thanks for the farm workers and the food they have produced and you would be most welcome to join us at our services – details elsewhere in the magazine. This year we will be thinking about the work of the Food Bank in Uttlesford too and the vital help they give to families and individuals in need.
I have also harvested crops from my garden this summer, with mixed success. I think the pigeons and slugs got the better of my mangetout but I had a fair return of new potatoes, carrots and beans. Particularly with root crops, there is a real sense of anticipation as lush foliage above ground doesn’t always indicate a healthy crop below ground! I was amused at the misshapen carrots, with one unusually branching out in three different directions. It may not be the product I was hoping for, but it tasted just as nice and went unnoticed when cut up and prepared with the rest.
On reflection, the outcomes we hope for in life don’t always work out smoothly. Our dreams and ambitions get twisted and stunted and it may seem we are making do with second best. But, just like the good tasting ‘wonky veg’ the supermarkets are selling nowadays, we sometimes find the unexpected twists and surprises in our life journey can be rich in reward too. How ever life is for us at the moment, as expected or with twists and turns, we can be assured that God is with us. The well-known Psalm 23 is encouraging and pictures a heavenly refuge for us under the care of the Good Shepherd. But the bible also tells us we are the apple of God’s eye- literally the reflection to be seen in the eye when someone is looking at us. (See Psalm 17:8 and Deuteronomy 32:10). God loves and cares for us deeply; we are always the centre of his focus.
Continuing the harvest theme, as the apple crop is gathered this autumn, let us recall to mind that we are the apple of God’s eye and he rejoices in the fruit of our lives. For in God’s sight, we are all a prize crop.
With love and prayers for fruitful and well-shaped lives.
Revd John Saxon
Genesis 8:22 "While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night shall not cease."
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