“For everything there is a season,” the Hebrew Scriptures remind us. “A time for every matter under the sun.”
Autumn is upon us. Trees that once had branches covered with green leaves that rustled in summer breeze turned into a palate of orange, red, and yellow. Monet would have been envious. Soon the leaves will fall and branches will reach toward a gray winter sky like fingers only to be covered once again with the buds of Spring—of Hope and new beginnings. The cycle of change will then repeat with each cycle a little different than the last.
Life is full of changes; some welcomed, others not. But God is with us in all of life’s chances. As the psalmist wrote: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea … the Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. (Psalm 46, selected)
Whether we be on the mountaintop or in one of life’s darkest Valleys, we are not alone. The One who created us is within us.
Lo, I am with you always…until the end of the ages, Jesus, the Incarnation of God, promised in his great commission. And that, my friends, is a glimpse of grace.