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Feather's Miscellany: Autumn

...For what purpose this life unless it be accumulating the wisdom, love and knowledge of God ready for the next?...

John Waddington-Feather reflects on the idea that the seasons follow the pattern of a human life.

How profound the seasons, which follow the pattern of our own lives, for in them we are bound and have our being: childhood, youth, prime, middle age, old age.

How wonderful and comforting is this unending cycle of life, death and re-generation; comforting, because in Christ we have the reassurance of new life after our bodies die. "What you sow does not come to life unless it dies," said St Paul. Unless the seed falls in the furrow it cannot germinate. Neither can we attain the fulness of our next life unless we die.

Autumn is at once the time of fruit-fall and seed-sow. Once furrow-sealed, the seed remains earth-locked throughout winter, till the spring releases it to new life; so with us. In the autumn of our lives we are preparing for death, from which we are released by Christ. We are born to a fulness which realises all the rich and loving experiences of this life. For what purpose this life unless it be accumulating the wisdom, love and knowledge of God ready for the next?

That is why I find autumn such a moving and peaceful season, and it's my belief that what we create here at any level, as writers, musicians and artists, goes to enriching not only other people's lives but our selves, our spiritual selves which go forward into the next life. Let us then welcome autumn and rejoice in its fruits, and may our own fruit reflect it.

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