Changing Seasons

As I sit here, the temperature is 82 degrees. It’s hard to believe that in a few short weeks, we’ll be gathering with our families for Thanksgiving, then not much later after that, Christmas!
Granted, it is warmer than normal for this time of year. It is nearly Halloween, and people are wearing cutoffs and sandals. I’m using the screen door, and my four-legged housemates are happy to be able to lie in the sun outside. I think it’s good to simply enjoy, because we all know that this weather won’t last!
Living in the St. Louis/St. Charles area, most of us are used to changing weather. The old expression, ‘if you don’t like the weather, just wait a few hours, and it will change’ is very apt. While we might grumble a bit occasionally, we really aren’t surprised by the rapid changes. Wouldn’t it be nice to be so laid back about changes in our lives?
Unexpected change can sometimes really throw us for a loop. A job change that will require relocation, a friend moving away, the loss of a loved one… all of these have the potential to threaten our peace of mind. Even expected changes can have unexpected outcomes or unexpected impact on us. My recent moves to be in my own house this past summer took a much larger toll on my energy level and endurance than I expected. But I know a way to minimize the unsettledness that change can bring – prayer and
It is when we regularly take time to practice our spirituality, through prayer, meditation, journaling, painting, etc., that we add to our reservoir of ‘peace.’ Just like a bank account, spending that time is a deposit in our peace account. Consistent deposits make us much more resilient and peaceful when the unexpected happens. Then, like the weather changes, we just notice the changes and move on.
I wish you a wonderful holiday season filled with love, joy and –
especially – peace. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!
Rev. Sharon