“Smoke hangs like haze on the harvested fields
The gold of stubble, the brown of turned earth
And you walk under the red light of fall
The scent of fallen apples, the dust of threshed grain,
The sharp, gentle chill of the fall.
Here, as we move into the shadows of autumn
The night brings the morning of spring.
Come to us, Lord of the Harvest.
Teach us to be thankful for the gifts you bring us.”
September is a special month, a month that often brings change, changes in schedule changes in activities, changes in relationships. We are not always comfortable with changes. They require us to adjust to new schedules, new activities, new relationships. In the midst of change, we are often forced to grow, to adapt our attitude and activities to a new situation, to find the blessings in change.
My favorite verse about change is part of a letter from the Apostle Paul found in Philippians 4:11b-13,
“I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
Contentment is based in gratitude that is not dependent on external circumstances. As we go through changes in life, may we hold fast to our faith, and not miss out on the beauty, the gifts we receive throughout the changes of our lives.
Pastor Linda Miles