I made The Switch this week. The twice-a-year practice that rolls around season after season. I unpacked the woollies and put away the dresses. I aired the ugg-boots and slipped away the sandals. I found the hot water bottle and folded up the summer quilts. I filled the freezer with stock, ready for stews and soups…. and the early winter-ness of May.
May feels like a time to go inward. The bulbs rest in the ground waiting for springtime sun. The kids are called in earlier at the end of a day’s play. The parks are quiet. We choose to stay in rather than go out.
For many, it’s a time to go into ourselves. A season of knitting, reading, resting and reflecting.
“We give thanks for the blessings of winter: a season to cherish the heart.
To make warmth and quiet for the heart.
To make soups and broths for the heart.
To cook for the heart and read for the heart.
To curl up softly and nestle with the heart.
To sleep deeply and gently at one with the heart.
To dream with the heart. To spend time with the heart…”
As I prepare for May, and winter around the corner, I am reminded of another practice. A rhythm and ritual that rolls around with the seasons. Many Baptists choose to look outwards as well as inwards. We consider the hearts and lives of others, not just ourselves.
At Ladies’ Evening Fellowship during the week, one person commented that for as long as she’s been a Baptist she’s recognised May as Mission Month. May reminds us to turn our attention to the third of the world’s population who are yet to hear about Jesus, and to the Global Interaction and other organisation’s cross-cultural workers who are serving God among them. We pray, we give, we learn…and some among us are moved to go.
As we begin another May I pray that the familiarity of the season will not be accompanied by complacency or apathy. Instead, may the rhythm serve as a wonderful reminder of the mission to which we are invited.
Susan Campbell is a member of KBC and is part of the 10am congregation with her husband Tim, and children Lucy and James. For the last decade she has worked with our Baptist mission agency, Global Interaction, and is a board member with both Baptist World Aid and the Wellspring Centre at Ashburton Baptist.