“For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). These familiar words found in Ecclesiastes are helpful to reflect on as we move past summer and into the fall. At DVCC we spent the summer considering the entire book of Ecclesiastes and its central message that life in this broken world is “vapor”-illusory, frustrating, temporary, uncontrollable---“Hevel” in Hebrew. In response to that reality, the writer counsels us to enjoy the good gifts of God, to submit our hearts to Him, and to embrace the truth that God is in control of all things-including the changing seasons. That is the wise way through the “fog” of this life!
Changing seasons evoke a wide range of emotions within us: sadness, anticipation, anxiety, hope---much depends on the particular season of life we are in personally. The good news found in the Gospel is that no matter what season we find ourselves in, we can be confident that the unchanging, unrelenting love of God is always poured out on our lives! So as the leaves change and the air gets cooler, as we anticipate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and yes, a new year ahead, let’s remember together that “nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39b).