Reflections By Pastor Marianne

I don’t know about you, but my favorite time of year is autumn. In late August when I begin to hear the locusts singing their song on a lazy summer afternoon, it automatically triggers something in my brain to remind me that it’s time to step into high gear, because busy schedules and falling leaves are on their way.

There’s also an energy and charged excitement permeating everything. Perhaps in your household, kids talk about their plans, and adults line up schedules because new beginnings and possibilities are about to begin. There is something about autumn that makes us attentive to the new and transformational.

As Christians, we can take our understanding of this anticipation and attentiveness to a new level, for it reflects something in the human heart that longs for the brand new and even what God in Jesus Christ offers us. Jesus Christ offers us eternal life and the forgiveness of sins. Because of this gift, we have become brand new. Wouldn’t it be great if we could feel enthusiasm for this amazing gift of God’s love like we do the newness that presents itself at this time of year? For what God has to offer is so much more than what our worldly seasons and schedules have to offer. Because we are brand new, we can look to the future with confidence, in Christ’s name. We can say “I’m never too old to learn,” “I can forgive this person,” “I can make a difference in this world,” “I can do what God requires of me,” and the list goes on!

You and I are unconditionally loved by a God who so loved us that he gave his only begotten son so that we might live. So as the calendar changes and busy schedules start again, as new shoes and pencil boxes are purchased, let us remember and give time each day to nurture our faith, our relationship with God. Pray without ceasing and give thanks to God in all things. Our God is awesome and when we remember that scripture tells us all things are possible with God, well that can make us joyful with anticipation.

Blessings in this time of change and challenges and may you take time each day to nurture your relationship with God.

Peace and blessings,

Pastor Marianne