Dealing With Change

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One thing I love about living on the BC south coast is having four distinct seasons. I can’t envision living where it’s green and warm all year ’round. Granted, I don’t enjoy being too hot in summer, or too cold in winter (or constantly wet in spring and fall), but I love the variety each year. Just when the status quo begins to get tiresome, everything changes.

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Last week, on one of our showery days, I discovered leaves were beginning to fall. Smatterings of gold and brown scattered over slick grass and shiny pavement.

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My first reaction was surprise, followed by regret. How can the season of sunshine be ending so soon? I’m not ready to say goodbye to shorts and sandals weather, or the lazy, unscheduled days of summer. But what I want doesn’t much matter to Mother Nature. If change is due, change will come, and like it or not, it’s that time of the year.

I’ll adjust. Oh, I’ll probably grumble a little, but before long you’ll notice I’m raving about autumn’s changing colours and the fresh, crisp edge to its shortening days. Thanksgiving will come, and the Surrey International Writers’ Conference, which is always a highlight of my year. I love autumn!

Life is full of changes but there is also continuity. I like the saying, “When God closes a door, he opens a window.” If we’re fixated on the closed door, however, we won’t notice the window opening.

In our church, an August day brought the devastating news that our pastor’s wife had suddenly died. Amid the shock and sadness, our Vacation Bible School needed to carry on. Now that September’s here, groups that were dormant through the summer must refocus and begin again. Where needed, other people are stepping in to take up tasks to which they will bring their own unique abilities. Ministry will continue, albeit in different ways within a hurting community. We will be more prayerful this fall, and hopefully more aware, more loving.

Changes happen. After the hurt begins to ease, a season of healing will come. God is always faithful. A new season always comes.

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“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God,
the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love
with those who love him and keep his commandments,
to a thousand generations.”

[Deuteronomy 7:9]

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4 thoughts on “Dealing With Change

  1. Shari Green says:

    Thanks be to God for his faithfulness. Praying peace and healing for your congregation.

  2. Darlene says:

    Enjoy autumn and SiWC, I will be missing it this year. Sad to hear of the loss of someone who gave so much to your church community. We just lost a dear great uncle. Change is imminent and we all deal with it in a different way. Blessings to you and the congregation.

  3. Laura Best says:

    Yes, the seasons are changing far too quickly, but I have to say I do love Fall. Sorry to hear about the passing of your pastor’s wife. When these things come without warning it reminds us of how truly fleeting life is.

  4. I grief for the end of summer. I know I shouldn’t, but it’s here and gone so fast. Our leaves are turning, which means an early winter. We leave December 1, or thereabouts. Beautiful photos, Carol, as usual.

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