I have always loved the rhythm of the seasons here in the UK; the expectation of something new and then delight when it comes, all within the overall constancy of the seasonal patterns. C.S Lewis suggests that this desire for change within permanence is God given and that He has designed our world to meet this need. Here is how the senior devil explains it to his nephew, in “The Screwtape Letters”
“He has balanced the love of change in them by a love of permanence. He has contrived to gratify both tastes together on the very world He has made, by that union of change and permanence we call Rhythm. He has given them the seasons, each season different yet every year the same, so that spring is always felt as a novelty yet always as the recurrence of an immemorial theme.”
C.S.Lewis “The Screwtape Letters” 1942
Living in the countryside, I’ve always been aware of the gentle changing of the seasons, and as a family we’ve developed many traditions around these. There are also numerous seasonal jobs, particularly at this time of year and I’ve appreciated the comfort this familiarity and focus have brought. So here are a few of the annual jobs which have been keeping me busy.
We also celebrated Rhythm Dude’s eighteenth birthday last week. Despite lockdown restrictions I think he had a good day, and will hopefully be able to have a party in the summer. I’m so proud of the young man he has become. Life has presented many obstacles to him, and he has learnt perseverance and developed courage to jump the hurdles rather than stall when he sees them. He has a deep sense of justice, a great sense of humour, is compassionate and intuitive and I love his company. He is a strong man of faith, and I’m so thankful that I get the privilege of being his mum.
So, whatever season of life you are in at the moment, I pray you will know God’s love and hope and purpose for such a time.