Pastor’s Message | October 2019

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens.               
Ecclesiastes 3:1

I am someone who generally loves to hold on to summer as long as I can. I love being outdoors without a coat, the smell of food wafting from somewhere in the neighborhood, light that stays in the sky until bedtime and goes softly into night twinkling with fireflies.

It is hard to say goodbye to something we love, even with the hope that we might see it again. The shift in the length of days begins even while we are welcoming the start of summer. The first crackling leaf to fall at our feet is always a portent of what is to come. Woolybear caterpillars are examined for the width of their stripes as the sound of geese flying northward is heard.

Isn’t it a marvelous thing, though, that the Lord has woven into the movement of time and throughout creation, the love of life and light, and the longing for more of it? In the shift of season we can be reminded of the grace of redemption and the hope of resurrection, knowing with certainty even in the midst of darkness and storm, that we will one day see what we have loved returned to us. Even this can remind us of the life and light that has been given and restored in us through Christ.

           11 He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; 13 moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil. 14 I know that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before him.                            Ecclesiastes 3:11-14

       God is so beautiful and so good. Everything in all of creation has the potential to remind us of this. In life, in death, in the passing of time, in the change of season, God is eternal and His love for us endures forever. All of these things are His gift to us. We do not have to understand it; in fact we cannot fully grasp it. To be speechless and uncomprehending before God is to be in awe. That is where we are meant to be, in every season, into eternity.

Your sister in Christ,

Pastor Leslie M. Richard