Listening to a work colleague leading a prayer session, I marvelled at how close she had become to the Lord in the time I had known her and how her naïve look at Christianity was endearing and made us realise we shouldn’t take things for granted.
Now that might sound patronising and that was really not my intention but when she referred to seasons I have been doing so much reading up on being a proper Anglican that I automatically thought Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Ordinary Time.
Not that either of us is incorrect just that we are both looking at the same time zones in a different light.
But we are in the “Ordinary Time” church season and in that lovely time of year when we still get warm sun but that we can enjoy a crisp morning and the smell that autumn is just a blink away.
It’s a time to see the world around us changing from children starting school for the first time or heading off to university. To drag those woolly jumpers out the wardrobe and to look for new winter boots.
It’s a time to shed our excess, like the trees that shed their leaves, and to hunker down and prepare not only for winter and for the long dark evening ,where the opportunity to read and reflect is a welcome thought . Warm cuddle blankets on the sofa and a good book. Perfect.
So maybe moving on from leaves we are really de cluttering our life, shedding the activities of summer, recouping time to explore and be with God.
Like the seed safe in the warm earth, is winter our time to grow in Christ?
I hope so.