“You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you made summer and winter.” Psalm 74:17


Already we are halfway through November as we transition into winter. The trees are mostly stripped bare of their leaves and the fall flowers have been tossed into the compost heap. The birds have begun their annual migration south, although some choose to stick around and tough it out. The hibernating animals are seeking out shelter for the long winters nap, and the squirrels scurry about stocking up on food. On All Saints Day we celebrate those whose sacrifice and witness helped to build the church as we know it today. This was followed by All Souls Day when we commemorated all the Faithful departed who have died in the hope of Christ’s resurrection. Then on Veteran’s Day we honor those who have died in the service of our country. It seems as if it is a month dedicated to death and dying. And yet, in the midst of it all there is life. We celebrate our freedom by exercising our right to vote. Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner when we gather together with family and friends to give thanks for out many blessings. The long winter may lie ahead, but let’s not despair, for we know that spring will come again and there will be resurrection and new life. And we can hold fast to that.

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