I’ve been the liturgist at church for the month of October, and since I haven’t posted in a while, I felt compelled to share what feelings I’ve been writing about this fall season.
October 27, 2019
Today is trick-or-treat. Kids ring the doorbell and we give them a smile and pieces of candy. We know some, but a lot we don’t, and the ones we do know we don’t always recognize because of the costumes, masks, wigs and makeup.
But we don’t discriminate. Everyone gets their fair share until we run out of candy and turn the porch light off.
Why can’t we give like that all the time? A smile, a compliment, a lending hand, advice, material things, financial help – there are many ways to give.
We don’t always know what people are going through and what their needs are, but unfortunately we let greed, jealousy, judgement, impatience and frustration keep up from helping others.
Let’s not wait for special days to decide to give, to help someone out or to try to make a difference. If we do it regularly, we won’t believe the transformation that happens within ourselves.
Stewardship is a lifestyle of growing, serving, and giving. Let’s change someone else’s life while also changing our own.
October 20, 2019
It finally feels and looks like fall outside – a season where all of our senses are in forward drive.
We see art by nature every day as the trees paint the skyline with beautiful reds, oranges and yellows. We smell spices and bonfires and taste pumpkin, apple cider, soup and Thanksgiving dinner.
We hear the crunch of crisp leaves as they blanket the roads, sidewalks, yards, and we hear the rain as it pounds the roof. We feel the cooler weather, the warm sun and the chilly breeze.
As the leaves fall, it’s a good time to let the weight from our shoulders fall too. The trees show us how lovely it is to let things go.
Then the barrenness of winter takes over, and while it may seem ugly to some, it’s beautiful to me. It’s a reminder that to let go and let God is to be free.
Take a second to be aware of your surroundings, to let your senses work, and give all your worries, struggles and problems to God. Let all the negative feelings wash away with the fall rain.
October 13, 2019￼
I don’t know about you, but this was a rough week. Everything seemed to go wrong at work. I didn’t get as much accomplished around the house as I needed to. And this weekend has been nothing but go go go.
I came home every day. I vented about work and people. I’m sure I complained about the weather. And more than once I stated it seemed like there were never enough hours in the day.
Things pile up. Life gets busy. Some days are harder than others and we start to allow stress to take over. Then I came across this sentence while I was restlessly lying in bed, scrolling through my phone.
“Talk about your blessings more than you talk about your problems.”
We can choose to be happy. Not because everything is good but because we can see the good side of everything.
Blessings come in many forms such as wealth and health. But the one thing blessings should always do is cause appreciation, gratitude and the urge to do more for others.
We are blessed to have made it through the week and to have woken up today. We are blessed to be able to give back to God, our church and our community.
Let’s start this week off right.
October 6, 2019￼
Fall has arrived. The season where everyone begins to feel thankful, grateful, and blessed. We find comfort in cooler temperatures and watching football snuggled up in comfy blankets while homemade soup simmers on the stove and pumpkin spice candles burn throughout the house.
There’s just something about the season that makes us feel cozy, comfortable, and content.. Imagine if we allowed God’s love and direction to make us feel that way.
Instead, we get so busy in our personal lives that we forget to feed ourselves spiritually. We sometimes forget to have one on one time with Him. And when He points us in a direction we don’t want to go, we sometimes ignore the signs. We don’t listen. We try to lead our own lives. And it doesn’t work out.
As the season begins to change, let us allow ourselves to be changed – for the better. For as stated in Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”