So, have you survived the first week of September? Between the start of school and the cool weather, there is no doubt . . . summer is over. As much as I love summer, a part of me welcomes the changes that come with fall. Yesterday I pulled on socks for the first time in three months and donned a cozy sweater to fight off the morning chill. Our neighbour’s tree, which is always the first to sprout leaves in spring, has already sprinkled the grass with red splashes of colour. And after the comparative freedom of summer, our household of six is beginning to establish what will be our new routine. There is a bit of chaos as new schedules emerge and we begin the process of meshing them all together. And there is some uncertainty and apprehension mixed in with excitement and anticipation as we look ahead. But all in all, we are ready for the change.
New things often elicit a mix of emotions within us. As you face whatever constitutes your new things this fall, my challenge to you is to embrace the journey. Choose to walk forward with open hands and hearts, ready to receive what will be offered and to give of yourself to the needs and opportunities that will arise. Jesus said about his followers, “I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10. I do not know exactly what lies ahead for you or for me, but I pray that this fall we will experience fullness of life! Fear can keep us from stepping out and expressing who we are. A desire to make things just right can rob of the joy of living life as it is. Doubt can hold us back from engaging by sharing our ideas, skills and gifts. But this is not God’s way.
This year as you step into your new things, be encouraged and strengthened by the things that never change. You are loved by God. You are created in his image and to do good that he already knows about (Ephesians 2:10). He has promised to be with you and to empower you (Isaiah 41:10). This does not mean it will be easy, but it does mean that his grace is sufficient for all that lies ahead (2 Corinthians 12:9,10).
And thank God we do not walk alone! Along with himself, God gives us each other. This full life he offers is lived in community, where together we give and receive, learn and grow, laugh and cry, pray and worship. As we focus on Making Connections with Each Other this year in our Women’s Ministries, I invite you to link arms with us for the journey. Get involved in serving, learning, caring . . .
Check out the rest of this blogsite (www.foothillswomen.ca) to see where you can engage. Talk to us this weekend after the services. Dive in and live life in the front row . . . it’s going to be a great ride!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I admit that I often hold to too tightly to my own picture of what life should look like. As I move into this fall help me to open my hands to release my control, receive all you have to give, share all you have given me and clasp the hands of others. Thank you that your grace is sufficient. I choose to trust you and I look forward to all you will do in the days ahead as we walk with you. Amen
Contributed by Pastor Carla Olsen Draper