In Heaven Its Always Autumn


IN HEAVEN IT’S ALWAYS AUTUMN – John Donne sermon on God’s mercies and seasons

John Donne gave this sermon on Christmas Day, 1624 but it is also beautifully appropriate for autumn:

“God made Sun and Moon to distinguish seasons, and day, and night, and we cannot have the fruits of the earth but in their seasons: But God hath made no decree to distinguish the seasons of his mercies; In paradise, the fruits were ripe, the first minute, and in heaven it is always Autumn, His mercies are ever in their maturity. We ask panem quotidianum, our daily bread, and God never says, “ you should have come yesterday”; he never says, “ you must again to morrow”, but” today if you will hear his voice”, to day he will hear you.

If some King of the earth have so large an extent of Dominion, in North and South, as that he hath both Winter and Summer together in his Dominions, so large an extent East and West, as that he hath both day and night together in his Dominions, much more hath God mercy and judgment together: He brought light out of darkness, not out of a lesser light; he can bring thy Summer out of Winter, though thou have no Spring; though in the ways of fortune, or understanding, or conscience, thou hast been benighted till now, wintered and frozen, clouded and eclipsed, damped and benumbed, smothered and stupefied till now, now God comes to thee – not as in the dawning of the day, not as in the bud of the spring, but as the Sun at noon to illustrate all shadows, as the sheaves in harvest, to fill all penuries; all occasions invite his mercies, and all times are his seasons.”

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