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~ AUTUMN NEWSLETTER ~

 



Life, like nature, unfolds in seasons. Springtime mirrors childhood, full of new beginnings, and fresh hope, a time of innocence and discovery. Summer, like our teen years, simmers with white-hot passion and the illusion of invincibility.  Autumn speaks of maturity, with its rich kaleidoscope of brilliant colors and settled calm.  Finally, winter sneaks up and covers the ground with a blanket of white just as age brings a covering of settled rest and quiet contemplation.

As this fall season approaches, I find myself delighting in the autumn of my life - old enough to appreciate my blessings and young enough to engage them whole heartedly.  I find that I’ve come to a place of prominence just as my mother and grandmother did before me.  I relish my new place and the responsibility that comes with it to set the tone for my family, celebrate our differences and speak blessing over each beloved family member.

I also appreciate my role in fostering our family bond. Let’s face it, family gatherings can be stressful due to differences of opinion, opposing political views, an unending to-do list, and all the traveling our modern families have to do to see each other.  Therefore, I’m happy to prayerfully serve as peacemaker.

So before this busy fall season begins, I ask that you join me as we lift up our families (in all their messiness) to our heavenly Father, who loves us all and is the author of our peace.  Won’t you pray with me now?

Dear Father, in Your beautiful book of Psalms, chapter 103 and verse 17, You give us this wonderful promise, “From everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children.”  What better promise could we receive from You in the autumn of our lives than to see our children and children’s children blessed with Your love and righteousness?  We ask for Your hand of blessing on us as well.   Bless us with strength to be there for those we love, and wisdom to know what to say to bring comfort, encouragement, and sometimes difficult truth.  We will need Your patience as we wait for Your perfect will and way in each of our loved one’s lives.  We are so grateful, Lord God. Amen.

Letting Your Leaves Fall

Little yellow leaves from the front yard tree dance across the porch and driveway.  As their bright green color fades, it seems they fall almost as quickly as they change.  I love summer affectionately and part of me longs to whisper to the tree “Hold on a little longer. Come on; you got this.  Think green!”  But graciously the tree listens to its Maker rather than my foolish whispers. In order to flourish in the new season, the tree must let go of its decayed leaves.

Autumn is a wonderful time to observe nature. As I watch the swirling leaves stirred by the wind, I am reminded that they display an important lesson for all of us to follow suit in a way.  Just as the trees don’t stubbornly hold on to their dead leaves, so we shouldn’t hold on to any unnecessary weight in our lives.  When we long to enter a new season, the old can easily inhibit the new if we allow it. God’s Word reminds us to:

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:31,32 (NIV)

The autumn of life is a great time to focus on God’s wonderful blessings—family, friends, strength, shelter, provision, guidance, care, fruitful ministry, opportunities to serve, more time to pray and study His Word, and eternal life still to come.

During life’s autumn, we have a richer perspective and can count more blessings than ever before.   Oh how the Lord longs to empower and strengthen us for the new season ahead!



~ Written by: AMS/ASL NEWSREPORTER ~
Arrascal, aka Karen

~Page Design by:   Mimmell, aka Mike~









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