Rather than November, this is the time of year that we should have Thanksgiving! Now, don't get me wrong, we can be thankful anytime the Lord provides great harvests, but it just seems like this time of year, when we are picking corn by the dozens, beans by the bushel and tomatoes by the crate AND doing that over and over again that we notice how much is produced. In the fall, the winter crops of carrots, beets, pumpkins, potatoes, and winter squash are completed in one big harvest.
Those large one-time harvests signal the end of processing time day in, day out. By that time...we are ready to be done with spending hours putting up what we pick! And...we're running out of freezer space, canning jars and sometimes have to get imaginative in the cold room! And...we are ready for the slower days to reflect on the past season and the way in which the Lord always provides good things for us.
It's been a normal vegetable year - and we'll accept the activity of the meadow voles who ate the crop of broccoli and cauliflower prematurely by harvesting the baby plants four at a time twice a day. In no time at the all - the crop is gone! A few "extras" still survive in another area not eaten! In a year that has not been good for fruit, what a crop of grapes - we'll have juice all year for sure! We'll adapt with what we have - apple sauce will become "fruit sauce" as we combine the crab apples, what few eating apples we have and pears. Again, we set aside the sadness of no peaches two years in a row and the small crop of plums and in the end know that we are very well provided for. "Happy Thanksgiving!!!"
Come, ye thankful people come,
Raise the song of harvest home:
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin;
God, our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied:
Come to God's own temple, come,
Raise the song of harvest home.