Dear Members and Friends of The Vine Fellowship Church:
It is Thursday, September 19th as I write this article and I just looked it up. The first day of fall is Monday, September 23rd and it ends on Saturday, December 21st. The nights are getting cooler and my leaves are starting to fall. Enjoy it while it lasts because the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting that the winter of 2020 will bring a “Polar Coaster” (our thermometers will be up and down) and really cold temperatures. Freezing, Frigid, Frosty is what is being predicted. So, as I am not some kind of a kill-joy, let’s go back to the season we are embarking on: FALL.
As a young boy and teen, I always looked forward to the fall because it meant that the basketball season was right around the corner, and basketball, as many of you know, was my sport. I have fond memories of the fall- as a child, playing in the leaves that were pilled up in our yard; raking the leaves with my Mom after school as we pushed them onto the front street, lit a match to burn the leaves (it was legal back then in our tiny borough outside of Pittsburgh), and then smell the aroma as we could look up the street where neighbors where doing the same thing and the smoke that rose to the sky. It also meant trying to figure out what my brother and I would be for Halloween. It also was a time to catch a cold as we were now moving deeper into the school year and bringing home all those colds and flues that we picked up at school. Yes, fall was a special time as I think back to my younger years.
But as I mentioned in the first paragraph, on the heels of fall meant the beginning of colder temperatures, frost, and winter was coming. For me, it seems that this time of the year makes me reflect on the passage from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 that says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” (NIV)
This passage lists 14 “opposites,” which was a common element in Hebrew poetry that
indicated completion. While it may seem that each time and season appears to be random, it is important to realize that there is a divinely chosen purpose for everything we
experience and go through in our lives. Do you agree/disagree? What I read in this
passage and find comfort in is a belief in a sovereign God who is in control and with
me, no matter what the season of the year; no matter what the season of my life.
What do you believe and what season of the life do you find yourself in?
May our sovereign God be with you this fall, the remainder of this year, and throughout the rest of your life.
Yours in Christ and on the Journey together,