Bishop Mark Lawrence–Life’s Fallow Seasons

For most of us Ember Days go unno­ticed. With the excep­tion of sem­i­nar­i­ans writ­ing let­ters to bish­ops telling them of their progress, Ember Days have all but dis­ap­peared in the life of the Church. Even in farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing closer to the earth and to the cycles of seed-time, vin­tage and har­vest there is pre­cious lit­tle atten­tion given to Ember days. Such is our loss; for knowl­edge of the sea­sons has much to teach us and not just for lessons about the soil. Last week on Sep­tem­ber 18th, 20th, and 21st the Church’s cal­en­dar rubrics noted what used to be the “vin­tage” Ember days””that is the sea­son of the grape har­vest. As a native Cal­i­forn­ian I remem­ber it well””the grape har­vest that is not the Ember days.

What brought this to mind was our lat­est dioce­san Clergy Day. Not that we in the Dio­cese of South Car­olina are in what I would call a “vin­tage season”””though cer­tainly some may feel this past year they have been like grapes in the wine press trod­dened and squeezed. No, as I looked out on the assem­bled broth­ers and sis­ters, rather than see­ing brethren in the vin­tage month, what came to mind was that more than a few had passed through or per­haps were still in a fal­low season.

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One comment on “Bishop Mark Lawrence–Life’s Fallow Seasons

  1. Karen B. says:

    WOW!!!! What a deep and meaningful reflection for Bishop Mark’s first full blog entry. This is so helpful and timely for me.

    What a gift Bishop Mark is for the Church in these days. I’m so thankful for the wisdom and insight God has given him and the way he is able to bring Scriptural truth to life and help us apply it. So many of his writings and sermons have ministered to me and planted themselves quite deeply in my heart and mind.