A Message From Pastor Margaret
The Changing Colors of Fall, and Christ With Us Through it All
Yesterday morning when I went for my walk,
I was astonished by the amount of leaves
that were already blowing around and giving
me a friendly look as I was slowing down
my pace several times to admire all the
different shapes and colors. I could not
help but gather a few of them, spreading
them out carefully onto the wooden kitchen
table, and capturing my first fall leaves photo!
Yes, it is that time of the year again, when
the sun is setting much earlier, the air is
cooler, and the colors of New England
are a pleasure for the eyes. We put our
gardens to bed, and slowly but surely,
hunt for pumpkins, mums, and asters to brighten up our slowly fading surroundings. We are filled with grateful hearts as we thank God for ushering us into another season, and we ask for mercy for ourselves and our families to enjoy this time together. It is fall, and we are aware of the changes happening every day.
For many of us, this year brought about incredible changes we never thought we would experience. These were real, hard changes that altered our lives in ways that will make us reflect on this experience for a long time. This coronavirus pandemic has taught us many lessons, it brought about pain and loss for many, and it has created much tension in different sectors of our world.
The Israelites went through enormous and difficult changes during their time in the wilderness. Their journey took them through different places and experiences, some good and others not so good. They would never be the same, their faith was tested, and through it all, they were always reminded that Yahweh was with them. The disciples who became the leaders of the early church also went through incredible changes that would shape them to become church builders and nurturers of the early church. The church through the ages has changed and taken on different theologies, denominations and structures, not without incredible trials and tribulations, and through it all, we in the church of Christ know that, as Hebrews 13 verse 8 says, Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. That knowledge brings with it the certainty that our journey is not without Christ. We are blessed with the presence of Christ, of God in our lives, through the Holy Spirit, our daily prayers, song, and through our being together as a community of faith. These are important ways for us to find hope during these times of distress.
So, while the seasons change, and things go dormant during this fall, we do have the consistent presence of the rising sun, the powerful presence of the moon, the rain that soothes the dry fields. Similarly, we are reminded that no changes in our lives happen without the presence of Christ with us… always. May we hold onto that and allow God to strengthen our faith through it all.