Fall is a time for quiet reflection

Friday, October 21, 2016

by Dan Festa

Covenant Presbyterian Church

As fall approaches quickly and the leaves begin turning colors, the air cools, and you can almost sense the excitement of young children in the air as they anticipate the fun of Halloween. I also have begun to hear of harvest and craft festivals all around the area as we prepare for the months of holiday celebrations and bazaars to come. During this season of the year, our lives tend to involve more indoor activities and time spent enjoying the ambience of glowing logs on a fire or the smells of cider and cinnamon.

Fall also is a time for quiet reflection and remembrance of those times, people and activities that have touched our lives; remembrance of the echoes of our former selves mirroring the youths we once were on the cusp of our life's journey as we flit and soar on the wings of the breezes of life. Fall is generally a time for quiet contemplation on where we've been and where we're going. A time for planning and experiencing the vast array of ways in which God demonstrates God's goodness to us.

Fall also is a time for kindling or perhaps rekindling our gratitude to God. Let this be a time to bring our hearts into alignment with God's desires and a time to order our lives and priorities. As we enter this more contemplative season, may we have the wisdom to discern the best ways in which both to give and serve God with hearts overflowing with gratitude.