There is something about October: the changing colors, the crisp morning air, the invitation to cozy up and read, the watching of the light shift. There is something about October.
I am struck each year by the hues in the landscape. The sky and the trees seem to put on a show. The shifting season invites us to new practices. The changes of autumn invite us to let go without regret. Often, I hear folks say they don’t like change, that they want things to stay the same and yet when spring comes, we take delight in the new season of rebirth. Before we can have the rainbow of spring, nature must release the old to make way for the new birth and rebirth. We love the flowers of spring but we have to celebrate and be mindful that there aren’t the nutrients for new growth without the letting go of autumn.
Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us that there is a season for everything under heaven and Psalm 92:4 says, “For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.”
The ebb and flow of the seasons and especially October beckon us to let things fall away and to name the different times for each. This season also asks us to consider: What are we holding onto? What has lived pasted its prime? What should we let go? What beauty could be welcomed by our release? What does God have for us in the coming of this new season?
The Spirit is moving as are the leaves. May we welcome the blowing change of the Spirit in our hearts and faith. May we find space this month to rejoice in God’s works and ways. May we embrace the beauty all around. May we accept the invitation to let things go. May we celebrate the release of old ideas, and things that belong to a previous time. May we walk through this month of change; giving thanks, claiming the life-giving renewal that is fostered in this new season. May we harvest an abundance of grace to be shared and extended.