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Fall is upon us! Leaves are starting to change colors; morning has a crispness to its air; fall decorations have been in the store for months now; the 6th graders went to Walcamp; and pumpkin spice flavors everything. All of nature is getting ready for the cold harshness of winter. But for now, we have the opportunity to enjoy time outdoors without the oppressive heat and humidity of summer or the frigid cold of winter. Time to go for walks, time to build great piles of fallen leaves (only to have children and pets leap into them), and a time to pick apples, pumpkins, and other late harvest produce. I truly appreciate the Fall season, because I grew up in Florida, where there is no “fall” – no falling leaves and not really much of a weather change.

Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens… a time to plant and a time to harvest.” This time, this season is fleeting. In a few weeks, the weather will be colder, the leaves will be gone, and we will be anticipating the next big event. Take time with your children during this season. Go for that walk and see who can shuffle the leaves the highest. Laugh with them as they leap into your freshly raked leaves (and maybe even join them). Sip your crisp apple cider and your pumpkin spice lattes. Get messy carving that pumpkin. Pull every moment of joy that you can from this season, before the next arrives.

God’s Blessings,
Delaine Schiestel