For everything there is a season, and a season for everything under heaven.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1
We don't normally see the dramatic change in seasons from summer to fall along the Gulf Coast. It's one of the things I miss about living in the Midwest. However, it does happen. Our colors usually hit their prime by mid to late December, fall to the ground and then about a month later, begin to reemerge.
This morning I caught a glimpse of fall. Oh, I realize it is September 15, and it will be 86 degrees today, but there is something inside of me that is feeling a bit welcoming of autumn.
This has been a difficult summer for many. As millions of acres have burnt, and floods and winds have changed the lives of many, there is something about welcoming change. Firefighters out West and the Northwest are looking forward to cooler temperatures and the first snowfall among mountainsides and prairies that have burnt, and along the coast, the cooler temperatures will mark the end of a violent hurricane season that has left entire communities under water and homes ripped from their foundations.
The writer of Ecclesiastes helps us to remember that just like the seasons, there is a time for all things under heaven. For many the last few months have been very challenging. The changing season will mark the end of a difficult time for many.
As another summer surrenders to the changes found in autumn, may we recognize that God has been with us. Through the fires and the floods, the winds and in times of silence, our season has been marked by God's presence.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams is the author of the book, "Remember Me When..." and is a former hospice chaplain and pastor.