October   2020 

I love the Fall! Always have really! My childhood memories growing up in the Fall of the year hold a lot of precious memories for me… the cooler temperatures after the long hot Texas Summers, tag football games on a neighborhood leafy lawn (or maybe it was smear the guy with the ball),  unpacking the warmer Fall/Winter clothes that hadn’t been moth eaten, hot cocoa (with marshmallows) and/or hot apple cider, beautiful harvest moon evenings with the crisp smell of fireplace in the air, of course pumpkins, the Fall colors, Hayrides, Fall festivals, and Thanksgiving just around the corner.  I love the Fall! Don’t you?  It kinda gives us something good to focus on right now I think!  I don’t mind focusing on a “change” of seasons right now! Do you? We could all use a change of seasons!  And as that great philosopher, Linus says in that cinematic classic “The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown,” “There are three things I’ve learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.” Certainly, we know at least two of those can really trigger people now days, and maybe a cooler, calmer Fall is just the seasonal change God has arranged for us.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some “Fall normalcy” if you know what I mean! And some may be critiquing, “Wishful thinking!” “You’re dreaming!” “Not till after this vitriolic election cycle!”   Hey!  Don’t rain on my “Fall chill!” 

I’m ready for Fall seasonal changes, and hopeful it will bring some wanted cooling changes to the current heated environment in us, at us, around us, and in the air. For Linus… to much talking about “politics”… not enough about “religion”… lots of senselessness that eclipses said “Great Pumpkin.” I’m so glad we serve a God that graciously gives us the changing seasons as a reminder that He can make all things new, that He can bring change to our surroundings, that there is always hope on the horizon, that what we are going though now can be as fleeting as the changing colors of the trees or as easily blown away as the falling leaves of Autumn. At the same time, I’m eternally grateful for an unchanging God in the midst of it all. Seasons may come and go… and surely will! Times may change… we are witnessing it! Life may get chaotic at times and feel as if the very ground is shifting beneath our feet, but our God remains the same, unchanged, and unchanging in it.  The Psalmist writes these beautiful words in a worshipful reminder to us in Psalm 102:25-27… just let these words soak in a bit… 25 Of old You (God) laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. 26 They will perish, but You will endure; Yes, they will all grow old like a garment like a cloak You will change them, and they will be changed.27 But You are the same, and Your years will have no end.” The heavens are the work of His hands… the beautiful colors of Fall that decorate the trees and dot the sky, the shades of oranges, and reds, and umbers that greet each Fall morning and put the day to bed in the evening, the fresh scents of Fall that fill the sky and bring calm to our senses, peace to our restlessness, and nostalgic scenes or repose. The heavens are the work of His hands… they change, but He doesn’t. He changes things like the changing of the cooler garments of Summer to the warmer garments of Fall… sweaters, and flannels, jackets and wraps. He wraps Himself around us to comfort us in changing times as the One who never changes. He, Himself, never changes.  He is steady, trustworthy, unchanging, and able to comfort us when things are… changing!

I used to tell my Sooner friends in Oklahoma, that God must be a Longhorn as evidenced by the fact that He made Sunrises and Sunsets “burnt orange.”  That is especially true in the Autumn of the year, and I am reminded of the constant and consistent unchanging nature of our God who gives us burnt orange Sunrises and Sunsets and doesn’t shift with cultural times or societal whims. I need that right now… we need that in our life… that constant, steady, “anchor-our-life” kind of stability. It’s a good gift He gives us in the midst of our changing and unstable times.  And it’s a good gift to decorate our lives with in the Fall of the year… a reminder that just as He brings on new seasons like Fall, He can usher in cooling, refreshing, and even life coloring changes that make everything look a little better, a little brighter, a little warmer. Remember James’ words in James 1:17, 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”  Welcome Fall!                                                                     Love and Blessing, Bro. Buddy