The harvest is upon us. Here in Colorado we have had a glorious fall. The golden aspen mixed with the red scrub oak and red-orange dog bain of the forest. The earth has that rich smell of decaying vegetation and the air has the clean brisk touch of change. Here at the monastery we are mulching all our spring and summer plants in preparation for the winter months. With each passing fall I realize that I am a year older and hopefully a year wiser.
Joan Chittister says, “The skill of life..lies in harvesting well and harvesting always, in taking the best of life has to give at any stage, in being patient with ourselves along our way.” Each period of our lives has something to teach us. Joan Chittister goes on to say: “The harvest of youth is achievement; the harvest of middle age is perspective; the harvest of age is wisdom; the harvest of life is serenity.” Wherever you find yourself in the journey of life with each passing season, may you find your life becoming richer and richer with gratitude for all that you know and all that the Spirit of Jesus has given you. As Elizabeth Barrett Browning says:
Earth is crammed with heaven
And every common bush afire with God
But only he who sees takes of his shoes
The rest sit round plucking blackberries.