Thursday, 11 October 2012
Harvest Festival - Relevant?
All of these are beautiful and traditional, the first one being the most typical in most peoples' minds.
As a very small child my idea of harvest festival was of an abundance of fruit and vegetables artfully arranged to their very best advantage. This signified that God had been good to the diligent farmers (we lived in Birmingham !), and that this was their reward for all their hard work.
In later childhood without the primary school basic Christian teaching and with no further evidence of a power greater than my own I lost sight of this annual
Last Sunday, looking at the lovely flower displays all round the church, and the traditional fruit and vegetable display (first picture), it suddenly seemed a very stark contrast with the 'other' offerings we had made, picture on right.
collected than the visually pleasing
ones in the first pictures.
The collection was huge, the response to the appeal by the rector had been immense and a very mixed van-load of goods been donated.
These will go to a local charity who feed and clothe those in real need.
2012 and we are seeing scenes reminiscent of the 1930's, at an ever-increasing level.
From my first appreciation of the visual effects of the traditional Harvest Festival I have realised that this annual event has a greater relevance than ever. More and more people are in need but also, more and more people are responding to that need. A hopeful sign surely?
Please click on the poorish pictures for a better view.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 11:35:00 am