The Parish of Burchetts Green

This month Rev Keith writes about

Giving thanks for the basics of life

Yet we can be careless about such basics. The UK throws away food worth £13 billion each year; we leave the tap running and we’re tempted not to take the simple exercise necessary for good health.

It’s good, from time to time, to recognise the value of everyday things we often take for granted, because they are relatively plentiful, and to give thanks to God for them. It’s important to give thanks for the essentials of life, recognising what is important rather than those that advertisers would like us to believe matters most.

The ultimate Provider

Being thankful for the basics of life helps us put things in perspective. Yes, the Brexit deadline approaches…yet our politicians still argue! Will ‘Project Fear Mark 2’ be proved right? Or will it be as hollow as ‘Project Fear Mark 1’ turned out to be? No one knows.

In such times of uncertainty, it’s easy to worry about what the future might bring. Yet we all know Jesus was right when he said: ‘Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?’ How much better to give thanks for what we do have and place the future into the hands of God, the ultimate provider.

I pray that God will richly bless you all this autumn.

A golden summer?

The summer is over – a golden one! Those very hot days seem a long time ago now, although, in September, we have had many fine days. It has been wonderful for those of you who love the sun, but for many of our farmers the dry weather has meant that it has not been a good year. Yields of some crops are very low indeed. Food prices will rise, putting pressure on  house-hold budgets of those on low incomes, without fully compensating our farmers for the poor yields.

Getting things into perspective

Towards the end of September, we celebrated Harvest Festival in our churches. We thanked our farming community and others who work so hard to ensure that there is plentiful good food for our table and thanked God for all the natural world provides for us.

It may not have been a good year for farming, but most of us will still eat well this coming year even if there is a little less money left over for other things. Celebrating Harvest Festival helps us to get things into perspective.

The trappings of our modern consumer society are attractive and engaging, but, we can do without many of these without really reducing our quality of life significantly. But a real shortage of  basics like food, water, shelter, and good health would be far more difficult to cope with. A poor harvest in many countries spells real hardship.