The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes reminds us...
"For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven...
A time to plant and a time to harvest." (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)
One of the reasons I love the Midwest is because of our changing seasons. Winter melts into spring, spring warms into summer, summer cools into the crisp fall leading back to winter.
This year the seasons are not predictable at all. In Ohio, much of summer seemed like fall. Now in fall, we are experiencing the summer heat waves. Our sisters and brothers are fighting fires while others fight earthquakes, hurricanes and floods. But, one this is for certain...
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end -- Lamentations 3:22
As we slip back into our routine seasons, may we not forget those who are grieving the loss of loved ones, homes, work and are cleaning up in hopes of rebuilding.
May we also remember those in our congregations who are experiencing the seasons of life in many and various ways. Marge lives in assisted living. Each month we gathered with other residents for worship and to share in our Lord's Supper. Each time we left, Marge would place her hand on mine and say, "Thank you for bringing me Jesus. It is the highlight of my month."
During our September Facebook party, Emily Dalen led us in conversation with Gary Pecuch about faith webbing - intentionally filling the relationship voids in people's lives. If you were not part of the conversation, I encourage you to look it up on our Facebook group.
In October, your Christian Education Network board will hold their annual meeting. As we are in conversation about life-long faith formation, please hold us in your prayers. If you have thoughts, questions or insights, your regional advocate is always available.
In whatever season you find yourself, know that you are held in prayer.
Blessings on your journey,
Pastor Juli Lejman-Guy