Ode to Autumn

‘Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness.’ This line from John Keats is probably one of the best known lines of poetry.

What a blessing that we have the period of autumn in England. If life was always summer, we would tire of it. If it was always winter we would suffer from depression. We are blessed that we have the seasons.

Our life is also a series of seasons. We wouldn’t want to stay as a small child kicking a football around. We wouldn’t always want the anxiety of the teenage years. Nor would we want our children always living at home. We wouldn’t want our whole life to be lived as an old person. May we fully embrace whatever season we are in and thank God for it.