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Harvest Home

It’s October now and that means no matter where you are (unless you are in the Southern hemisphere!), autumn is fully here! Autumn is one of my most favorite seasons! With this being the season of harvest, we are taking it back to the farm this month. Farming has always been a huge part of American culture. In fact, you might say it was American culture for a very long time.  

If you are striving to live in tune with the seasons, something very primal starts to stir in you around this time of year. Knowing that winter is coming, autumn becomes a time of preparation, harvesting and finishing as we prepare to settle in for the longer, colder, darker months ahead.

If you have never heard of the term “harvest home”, it referred to the time of the completion of the harvest. Often a feast accompanied that time. Sometimes a song would be sung by the harvesters at the end of the harvest. One of my favorite hymns called “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” makes use of the term. May you have a blessed season of harvest!

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.
~ From a hymn by Henry Alford

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