Maybe it was the moon—did you see it? The glorious full moon that blessed us with its brilliance this cycle—so bright it woke me up in the middle of the night, shining through my half-closed blinds.
Maybe it was that one wonderful rain shower that swept through town, for a few marvelous moments, bringing cool (or at least not hot) wind and bountiful, nourishing moisture from the heavens.
Something new has gotten my attention, something new in the atmosphere, seeming to promise (or at least hint) that it won’t be scorchingly, parchingly, wiltingly hot and dry forever.
Around here it’s stretching reality a bit to talk about “autumn,” with anything like the classic images of leaves changing color, dramatic temperature changes, apple picking and impending winter snow.
Nevertheless, even here in the Texas hill country there is a changing in the quality of light, the angle of the sun, the brightness and nearness of the moon, and (let us pray) some more gifts of rain, and cooler temperatures.
These changes get our attention, awaken our senses, lift our spirits, and bless us. We can depend on October following September, and that those seasonal cycles will continue, with our memories of seasons past informing our meeting of the present moment.
What if we look at the seasons of our life in the same way—one following the other as nature intends, and each season with its own distinct challenges and opportunities, findings and fruits.
The fall season has its bittersweet dimension, to be sure, with falling leaves and shorter days, with signs that dying is part of living, that darkness sometimes encroaches on light. At the same time the beauties of the time are unmistakable, and provide their own special balm for the spirit.
A hymn of thanksgiving composed by Fred Pratt Green that we often sing in chapel concludes with this verse:
“For the harvests of the spirit, thanks be to God; for the good we all inherit, thanks be to God; for the wonders that astound us, for the truths that still confound us, most of all, that love has found us, thanks be to God.”
We can look forward to experiencing all the seasons of our days in the light of God’s love.