Autumn always brings a sense of stowing away and bunkering down. The endless crops from people’s gardens, offerings of apples and green beans brought along to gatherings. I like to prepare our house for winter, adding extra layers to the beds, dragging the dehumidifier out of the loft and ensuring each lightbulb is fully functioning as the evenings draw in. I am a serial meal planner and I do so love to be prepared.
This lunchtime I was pouring over delicious autumnal recipes, prepping some posts on my favourite ways to devour this harvest time bounty. When two letters dropped through my letterbox. The first was a credit card bill, the second a charity appeal. The charity appeal was asking for donations for meals to feed families in Chad whose harvest has been repeatedly ruined due to drought. Thank goodness I made the conscious decision to open that envelope first, lest I be sucked into a selfish bubble of financial self pity on seeing the state of my credit card!
It got me thinking of how can I share the harvest I’m storing up for my little family, be it physically or financially. I am beyond believing in coincidences and when an appeal for a ruined harvest arrives in the midst of my harvest recipe planning I know God is trying to get my attention. So I got to pondering and here are a few ways to share the bounty;
- Food Banks. Pop something extra in your shopping trolley and drop it into your local food bank collection point.
- Attend a harvest festival and bring along a donation.
- Cooking a meal for the family with a new baby, be it first or fifth!
- Tearfund Harvest Appeal. A quick google search will bring many more charities to light who you could support.
- Bake those windfalls in a pie and drop it round to some one who is having an shocker of a time or perhaps an elderly neighbour or relative.
They’re not going to break the bank, but that extra little thought can go along way, we need only to stop in our tracks long enough to ponder our gift.
With love & autumnal goodness,
-Fifi & Florence x