NOT so many years ago, a trip to purchase our fruit and vegetables included a visit to the local greengrocer.
On display on our arrival would be an assortment of locally grown produce. In this array of colour would be some home-grown root vegetables and possibly some apples and plums too.
The goods tended to be what was grown in your own garden. Today, things have changed – vegetables and fruit that once we eagerly waited for its particular season to arrive are available all year round.
Strawberries, for example, once only available in the summer months, are there for us to purchase at all times during the year. Don’t things change?
I am not suggesting change is a bad thing because, for one thing, having ‘summer fruits’ available all year has opened up new markets of sales for smaller producers in this land and overseas.
But for children preparing to celebrate harvest, it does mean it may not have the impact as it did for people of my age and older.
Memories we may hold of marching to church with bags full of produce which had just come into season, to be shared among those in the communit,y are still treasured, but now, and as in a way of confirming that things do indeed change, many churches choose at harvest time in their celebrations to ask people to bring gifts of money, which can be used to support projects both close at home and abroad.
Moving on in my thought of ‘Don’t things change’, recently I was uplifted to learn the children in our local schools are celebrating Harvest in their own unique way.
Some schools are having activities which include learning ways to plant and make food, others are having workshops led by community groups.
This is a change from what was harvest celebrations in the past and yet, isn’t it positive that thanksgiving to God for all his gifts to us can be celebrated in so many different ways?
Whatever you do this autumn to give thanks for all God’s good gifts to you, may your own thoughts echo that of the Psalmist of long ago, who acknowledged God’s action in his life and prayed ‘God, the whole world stands in awe of the great things you have done, from one end of the earth to the other. We thank and praise you, from where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire us’.
Jacqueline Thomson, Deaconess of Buckhaven and Wemyss Parish Church, writes in the East Fife Mail