I think autumn is probably my favourite season. Whilst Winter has a striking quality, especially when the sun shines through leafless tress, Spring has the most evident signs of hope, new life bursting in abundance, and Summer has the full blaze of warmth, a huge golden sun amidst a cloudless sky (occasionally at least), there is something especially beautiful and reflective about Autumn. The changing colours are glorious; a blaze of reds and golds, mingling with the darkening greens and whoever thinks brown is a dull colour has never really looked at the myriad shades to be seen in autumn. A glorious palette of colour revealed through early morning mists and draped with amazingly intricate webs barely visible unless dripping with dew or frozen by frost. Things barely noticed in the business of life picked out for us to see anew.

The late days of sunshine are especially to be savoured, gathering memories to last through the winter. Autumn is a time of reflection, a taking stock, taking time to look around and to really see the wonders of creation. Just a quick glance out of the kitchen window here at the manse I can see an abundance of the richness of the harvest – late flowers, seeds and berries abound.

Too often we can take what we have for granted. Too often we concentrate on what we don’t have rather than what we do have.
Both Bromley and Trinity Bromley have much to be thankful for. We are richly blessed. This month and in the months to come may we all

‘Let us live in awe of the Lord our God,
for he gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of a harvest when the time is right.’ – Jeremiah 5:24b