Which of the four seasons do you think best describes the beginning of the year? You might say, “Spring,” since this is the beginning of new life in the northern hemisphere. You would agree with our Jewish ancestors who found new life in the Exodus. God’s people passed through the Red Sea in spring. Our new life in Jesus is celebrated in his Resurrection, which takes place in springtime, in the northern hemisphere.
Yet there is a sense in which autumn can be the beginning of the year. Autumn is the fullness of life: the harvest is ready; everything is mature. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is in autumn; Jewish people figured that God made creation in its fullness, with Adam and Eve and all the animals. Our Christian year begins in winter in the north, as the Light of God, Jesus, comes to the earth, as daylight gets longer and longer each day.
The flow of the seasons throughout the year gives meaning to religious festivals. It just doesn’t feel right to be singing Christmas carols in June! Think about the season you are in: summer in the north, winter in the south…What feelings come up for you as you turn your attention to God who made heaven and earth and all the seasons?
The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy that are read each year beginning with autumn.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.