From Brian’s desk  
A day or two ago I had an interesting conversation with a new friend.  Our topics of conversation were many, but included, faith, recipes, wine, food, and mainly, the weather.  Coming from different continents and hemispheres we compared the respective seasons and our likes and dislikes of each.  Our musings reminded me of this short reflection I wrote a few years ago after a particularly cold winter in Ontario. I’m a sure looking forward to spring.  Spring is a wonderful time of year and I always used to think that it was the best time.  It is great to see the new shoots as they come up through the ground.  It is great to see the brown grass turn green and wonderful to see the fields newly ploughed and ready for planting, but then again... ...there is summer... when the sun shines and the earth is warm to the touch, and trees are full of leaves, and apples, and pears, and peaches, and cherries, - and we get to taste the fruits of the land as well as see them growing in abundance. Summer is a time to relax a bit, maybe take a trip, maybe sit under a tree and reflect, and read, and then... ...comes the majestic ‘fall’ of the year with the mixing of red, yellow, and orange just before the foliage changes, and we begin to see the stark beauty of landscape and garden, hedgerow and field, and we celebrate the harvest.  The tools that tended the land have been cleaned and put away, the oil can is likely empty, the freezer and root cellar are possibly full, then... ..the earth rests once more, and winter rises, and animals hibernate, and the snows come and go, and the water freezes, and we wear heavy boots and thick coats, and although there is darkness the lights of the season brighten our nights, and gradually the days grow longer and we look to spring... Now I am not so sure that spring is my favourite season, because within all the seasons I see and experience God’s presence, love, and laughter! I trust that you do too! Many blessings,                                                 Brian
Mosman Uniting Church
Serving Mosman since 1877
From Brian’s desk  
A day or two ago I had an interesting conversation with a new friend.  Our topics of conversation were many, but included, faith, recipes, wine, food, and mainly, the weather.  Coming from different continents and hemispheres we compared the respective seasons and our likes and dislikes of each.  Our musings reminded me of this short reflection I wrote a few years ago after a particularly cold winter in Ontario. I’m a sure looking forward to spring.  Spring is a wonderful time of year and I always used to think that it was the best time.  It is great to see the new shoots as they come up through the ground.  It is great to see the brown grass turn green and wonderful to see the fields newly ploughed and ready for planting, but then again... ...there is summer... when the sun shines and the earth is warm to the touch, and trees are full of leaves, and apples, and pears, and peaches, and cherries, - and we get to taste the fruits of the land as well as see them growing in abundance. Summer is a time to relax a bit, maybe take a trip, maybe sit under a tree and reflect, and read, and then... ...comes the majestic ‘fall’ of the year with the mixing of red, yellow, and orange just before the foliage changes, and we begin to see the stark beauty of landscape and garden, hedgerow and field, and we celebrate the harvest.  The tools that tended the land have been cleaned and put away, the oil can is likely empty, the freezer and root cellar are possibly full, then... ..the earth rests once more, and winter rises, and animals hibernate, and the snows come and go, and the water freezes, and we wear heavy boots and thick coats, and although there is darkness the lights of the season brighten our nights, and gradually the days grow longer and we look to spring... Now I am not so sure that spring is my favourite season, because within all the seasons I see and experience God’s presence, love, and laughter! I trust that you do too! Many blessings,                                                 Brian
Mosman Uniting Church
Serving Mosman since 1877