From Brian’s desk In a few days I will have been in Australia for a year.  I have learned much and still, I am sure have much to learn.  I still get mixed up sometimes with the seasons and the months in which they fall. And right now I need to make a jump-shift because at this time in the year I am usually looking forward to Spring.  I found this reflection the other day which I had written back in February/March of 2011 and it brought to my mind this verse from a well-known hymn:- O God our help in ages past our hope for years to come our shelter from the stormy blast and our eternal home. The seasons come and go and God’s love is eternal whether or not spring comes in April or September. (For this reflection perhaps start reading from paragraph four below.)  Blessings to you for Easter and the days beyond. 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 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! nten journey. Blessings, Brian.
Mosman Uniting Church
Serving Mosman since 1877
From Brian’s desk In a few days I will have been in Australia for a year.  I have learned much and still, I am sure have much to learn.  I still get mixed up sometimes with the seasons and the months in which they fall. And right now I need to make a jump-shift because at this time in the year I am usually looking forward to Spring.  I found this reflection the other day which I had written back in February/March of 2011 and it brought to my mind this verse from a well-known hymn:- O God our help in ages past our hope for years to come our shelter from the stormy blast and our eternal home. The seasons come and go and God’s love is eternal whether or not spring comes in April or September. (For this reflection perhaps start reading from paragraph four below.)  Blessings to you for Easter and the days beyond. 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 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! nten journey. Blessings, Brian.
Mosman Uniting Church
Serving Mosman since 1877