“When Seasons Change”

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 NRSV

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; 

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 

a time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to break down, and a time to build up;

a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

a time to seek, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to throw away;

a time to tear, and a time to sew;

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

a time to love, and a time to hate;

a time for war, and a time for peace.

The seasons are beginning to change once again. Summer is coming to a close and Fall is starting. The weather is a bit cooler, leaves begin to change color, Halloween decorations go up, stores are flooded with pumpkin spice everything. I tend to enjoy Fall a lot. I enjoy wearing jackets, watching football, and have a lot of fun running through corn mazes and going to pumpkin patches. The t-shirts and shorts are packed away with pools closing and ice cream doesn’t seem as appealing as hot cider. The one thing I wish had a more definitive season is A/C and heat. The writer of Ecclesiastes clearly didn’t take Indiana weather into account and the 30-degree fluctuations that happen.

For everything there is a season and with that come seasonal changes. Sometimes it is easy for change and sometimes change is extremely difficult. I think what the seasonal change that we’re experiencing and what the writer speaks to is its inevitability. Change is going to happen and we will change along with it. For me, it is not of question of when we are going to change, but how we are going to change. As change occurs we’re either going to move along with it and adapt or we are going to try our hardest to cling to what was. The season changes and we change along with it. Some of us are bringing out the winter clothes acknowledging the change that is happening, while others may still insist on wearing shorts when there is snow on the ground.

Federated Church is in the process of a seasonal change. We aren’t quite at the new season yet, but we are certainly in transition. As we form our search committee and are led by Pastor Dusty we are perhaps contemplating this very idea of how we are preparing to change. Things certainly never stay the same and we have had our seasons of ministers who have come and gone. As we come to this time of seasonal change I have sensed an excitement within our congregation. An excitement for what the next season will bring us. Maybe this season will bring pools, shorts, and ice cream; maybe it will bring pumpkin spice lattes and colorful leaves; maybe it will bring snowmen and sledding and hot chocolate; maybe it will bring blooming flowers and showers. For everything there is a season and as we go through this seasonal change let us reflect how God is changing us and the season we are preparing for.

Blessings,

Stephen Eberhard