As we near the end of summer after enjoying the soft summer fruits from the garden, then fruit on the trees is beginning to ripen. There are apples, pears and plums all ready for harvesting, to be eaten, used in baking or made into jam. The poet T. S. Eliot calls this “the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”, when we can appreciate God’s rich bounty. The Bible speaks of other fruit – the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. God encourages us to display all of these in our daily life, in the way we terat and speak to others. Put yourself in the place of others, and think about how you would like to be treated. Becoming angry, frustrated or impatient only increases stress levels and achieves nothing. If we allow the peace of God to take over in trying siutuations, all the other fruit will fall into place too.