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From Your Pastor
October 2018


Life starts all over agaiwhen it gets crisp in the fall.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

There is something magical about the cool, crisp days of October. Sights, sounds, and smells bombard the senses, and all creation shows off quite brazenly.

Fall color brightens the landscape with yellow, orange, and red. Even the smell of fallen, drying leaves is deeply satisfying.

Francis of Assisi (1181—1226) is remembered by the church every Oct. 4. His Christ-like simplicity and his deep love for animals and nature make him an endearing companion in this season when nature and the great outdoors put on such a grand display.

Some of my favorite memories involve chilly, wind-blown picnics at whatever scenic stop appealed to us while driving aimlessly around, marveling at the rich fall colors.

My prayer for you this month is that you find ways simply to savor the season, basking in the sensory experience of fall and all its many delights. Take a drive, take a walk, pack a picnic, gather with friends, and reconnect with this world God has made for you to enjoy.

Author Richard Louv, who wrote Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, invites us to wonder whether our increased time indoors (often glued to various electronic devices) might be damaging our children’s (and our) health and well-being.

I am not as physically able as I once was, so a lengthy walk in the autumnal woods might be a bigger challenge now than ever before. But I will start at least with a short stroll. You can, too!

Pastor Mark Boorsma