A View From the Belfry – October 2017

September 26th, 2017 by Kali Lewis

Well, it’s a sure sign that summer is over when our summer residents start heading for their homes elsewhere. Pat and Laloni McConnell have gone back to Maryland, Mary Livingston an Bob Morrow  have left for Indiana (even though the winters there aren’t exactly a lot warmer than the ones in Michigan), and some of our other summer residents are beginning to at least plan their exodus. A few trees in town are beginning to turn red, the kids are back in school, and fall activities are in full swing here in church. We will be having our annual church conference a little later this year, the UMW district meeting which takes  places this fall is coming up soon, and the fall ecumenical progressive dinner will be held very soon. For some, this is their favorite time of year, with its crisper days, colorful foliage, absence of annoying black flies and mosquitoes, and fresh autumn produce such as apples, squash, and pumpkins. For others, autumn time of year isn’t well liked, because the ice, snow, short dark days, and cold of winter will soon follow. As for me, I love the fact that no matter what the weather, we can depend on God to be there, to order each season in its proper place in the year, and to give the earth a time to rest for awhile before resuming the labor of the warmer seasons, when trees leaf out, flowers blossom, and seeds rush to produce fruits, vegetables, and grains. As much as some folks find winter not to their liking, I suspect that God knows what the earth needs, and what we need, far better than we do, and He will provide it, whether or not we recognize what He gives us as the blessing it is. What an awesome God we have!