fall 2013

I love fall. Football, candles, cider…the smell of dried leaves…amazing colors of the trees… Looking out my window, there is a band of orange, red, green and yellow dividing the lake and the mountain range above it. It’s absolutely stunning.

Fall is an opportunity to slow down a bit (well, at least mentally); to make moments with family, take time to appreciate nature, enjoy a good book. Change is inevitable in life, and while it can cause some to falter a bit, we can learn how to embrace it by taking in and fully appreciating the seasons around us.

Driving past the scarlet branches this morning, I was grateful for the brightness in the fog – God does that in every season, you know…makes things beautiful in the gloom. Colors in the fall, flowers in the spring. The bright sun in June and shimmering ice and snow when all else had died or gone to sleep.

This autumn I am celebrating a season of loss – just as the leaves fall away, so have some of my relationships, bad habits, memories, and attitudes and beliefs, that no longer serve me. While it is cold, and a little gloomy, I can celebrate because I know that God works ALL things to good for those who love Him. Where the old has fallen away, I am aware that healing and restoration comes in the winter, and new life in the spring. What dies today will bring beautiful buds of restoration, newness and completion…

What can you give to the wind today? What in your life no longer serves a purpose, and can be let go in exchange for healing, or creation of margin for something new? Reflect on its color, appreciate the beauty of its time of serving you, say goodbye…

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to reap; a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to gain, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silent and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

 

 

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