When did you last watch leaves falling from a tree? When did you last kick a pile of freshly fallen leaves into the air and smell the scents of autumn?
“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples….You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last”. (John 15:8, 16)
Autumn themed Quiet Days provide opportunities to look closely at the different features of autumn and link them with aspects of God, his character, purpose and his provision for his creation in this season of mellow fruitfulness and change.
Autumn gardening activities offer analogies with our own lives, such as harvesting, digging the ground and planting hardy plants, bulbs and trees.
Seasons and circumstances require us to be willing to let go of different things such as people we love, memories, belongings. Taking time to consider the ways that many trees and flowers let go of their leaves in autumn, can help us too, to use this season to surrender to processes of change.
Creative space and time to ‘be’ in the outdoors, are core elements of Parable Garden Quiet Days. Walking in the garden or countryside, stillness, quiet, prayer and creative activities such as gardening, writing and artwork may also be included in the programmes.