Energy is just one of the issues confronting us in Britain at this time and it has been elevated to the forefront of our minds with the recent debate over the proposed new power station at Hinckley Point and the cost involved in that. The cost of not caring for our planet will be considerably more in the blighted lives of countless millions around the globe.
Harvest Thanksgiving is still observed in the Church of Scotland (in most parishes) and in the Church of England. Why, when so many have little contact with the land that produces so much of our food? The reason is simple. We believe the planet is God’s gift to us and as such has to be nurtured and treasured. In thanksgiving we are recognising our dependence on God for this provision and at the same time observing that injunction to share with those in need the goodness with which we have been blessed.
So you will be reading this not only after the first shipment of shale gas arrives on these shores but also after our Harvest Thanksgiving Service – they are connected because both say something of our attitude toward the earth which God created.
I hope you all have a blessed and happy month of Thanksgiving as October is generally recognised as the season for doing so.