Today is the first day of a new season. I have mixed feelings about it. Fall is a beautiful time in the valley. The light comes through the trees in a new way.. the sky is often filled with dramatic cloud formations. Yet there is a sadness when summer is over. Fall seems to bring a seriousness with it. A back to work feeling..the fun is over. Maybe because school starts in the fall and church groups begin again. Fall prepares us for winter when we have less opportunity to be outside and we fight those winter viruses. Seasons..they are challenging aren’t they?

Yet each season brings opportunities. Fall has an excitement attached to it as well. New things are beginning. Rain may be coming and the hillsides will turn green and lush…families of deer move freely looking for that next meal ..we can hear the sound of rushing water as we walk over the creek. There is a beauty in the fall season that tells us that each season is from Him. He is the creator. The beauty that surrounds us reminds us that He is with us.

Is this a paainful season of your life? You may be waiting for a door to open..facing a great challenge that you never imagined facing..saying good-bye to someone you love..grappling with disappointment in your marriage..feeling lonely and isolated..looking for purpose…struggling financially. Keep looking for those reminders of His presence. He will not leave you without hope and encouragement as you draw near to Him. There is beauty in every season..surprises that come when the suffering is at its deepest. You are not forgotten. He has you in the palm of His hand.

” Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courgeous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”

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