A word or two from Mairi

From "The Link" Parishes Newsletter, October, 2021

My favourite season has always been Autumn.

It is a time of year that brings out the full range of emotion:

anticipation, wonder, uncertainty, melancholy and more.

These feelings are stirred up in us because Autumn is

inevitably a time of change. We see it all around us every day.

 

When we see the daily transformations of our natural

surroundings, we may start to feel a little unsettled about

our work, our relationships and our future. The changes are beautiful and vibrant, but also signs of decay and death.

A chapter is ending. Summer is over.
Time is passing. We are another year older.

There is also profound nostalgia in the Autumn season because it has some of the most socially significant holidays like Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Harvest, Remembrance and Christmas. These holidays connect us to memories going all the way back to our childhoods and may even cause us to regress into old patterns begun years ago in our families of origin. If we have lost people in our lives, Autumn is a time of remembrance and, in the celebrations, it may be the time we are acutely aware of their absence.

Many people relish the Autumn grey skies and cooling rains, the crispness and chill in the air.  George Eliot once wrote of the beauty of Autumn:

Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love - that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one's very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

I think what a fascinating thing it is that such a melancholy season could be encased in such soaring colours of scarlet, saffron, and orange. The nature of natural light changes from a harsh shine to a radiant amber glow. At the same time as much of the natural world is dying and going underground, autumn is also a time of abundance and harvest. There is a concept in Japanese culture called wabi-sabi that describes the beauty of “the withered, weathered, tarnished, scarred, intimate, coarse, earthly, evanescent, tentative, ephemeral.

Autumn calls us to remember our own fragility and cherish this beauty. Let us thank God for the beauty of His created world.

God Bless,

Rev Mairi x

01786 880948

mperkins@churchofscotland.org.uk

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Mairi with her husband Tony

and son Eoghan.