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I know when officially the New Year happens – but perhaps because I have taken a long time to grow up, I still think of September as being the start. Something to do with new shoes and protractors and a new class teacher.
That means that time in August has a particular quality all of its own. It is a slow time, a time to ponder, a time to consider the harvest that is to come, and to draw down in the warmth of the sun (or of the clouds!)

Towards the end of August the leaves begin to have a quiet rustle, their drying has begun – there is a dustiness on paths and a beginnings of mist in the early morning.

There are far fewer meetings in August and many are away on holiday. It is possible that some people will be lonelier than normal. Look out for that.
I am hoping for time to reflect a little and also to re-group my energies. I would like any resolutions that I want to take effect in September to be thought out carefully. The time between Christmas and new year is not long enough for serious thinking and because of the season every new year’s resolution is always to lose some weight – August gives us time to turn over more important things than that.

Are there things that we’ve planted that have not thrived? Do we mind? If we do, was it because they needed more attention, or space? Are there new unexpected things that have come unbidden, have we coped well with them, did we feed them well or up root them before we knew their worth?
Are there things we might still cut back a little – prune a bit so that the darker places can have some light and perhaps yield still – a flourishing?
Have we loved enough the flowers we have been given, have we noticed them and been thankful? There is time.

Each week, after making our confession our congregations pray for time for amendment of life. August each year is a gift to ponder what that might mean for each of us. My prayer is that we will use it wisely.

PS My husband reading this over my shoulder says, obviously the new year starts in August with the new football season. Blessings on your new year!

PPS Does everyone know what the Woodland Trust is doing just close by Smalley – Very exciting!.

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