“You have made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting” (Psalm 104:19).
Autumn begins today. For many of us, the shrinking hours of light mean we need to drive to and from work in the dark, and we know it’s harder to get the kids up for school. I’m not going to lie; I miss every one of those lost minutes of light. Emotionally it’s hard on me.
Yet, the Psalmist reminds us that the seasons are marked and known by God. So, as we move into the season of less daylight and more moonlight, let’s take time to do two things. Let’s thank God for the change of seasons and pray for the safety of all as the days get shorter and darker. And let’s take time to enjoy everything the fall season brings—festivals at church, Halloween, All Saints Day, Thanksgiving, Thankoffering services, football, craft boutiques and retreats.
These are all gifts from God, along with the beauty of God’s creation in the changing leaves, the cooler days, and the beautiful blue skies. God is good, all the time!
This message is excerpted from “Marking seasons” by Nancy Giddings from the September 21, 2015, blog of the Women of the ELCA. Today is the Fall Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere.
Continue to pray for attendees, presenters, worship leaders, staff and crew gathered in Phoenix for the Just Love Gathering. Learning opportunities begin today, and we pray that attendees might be inspired to return home to you with Spirit-filled ministry ideas.
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