For some, fall means pumpkin spice.
For others, it’s the harvest – with fresh apples to enjoy and to bake cakes and pies.
Still for others, it’s the cooler, shorter days signal a time to begin to prepare to spend more time cocooning inside.
In all these things, there’s an appreciation of creation.
And our children have been focusing on the creation – God’s creativity and goodness – and our appreciation and responsibility to care for it.
The kids explored their creativity and used a variety of materials as they considered the oceans, the flowers and animals, the birds, the storms and the skies and beyond. We are reminded of the vastness of creation and of the smallest insects and flowers that add beauty. We remember that each of us, no matter whether we are young or old, each one of us has a purpose in God’s incredible garden.
This past week, post-tropical storm Fiona wreaked havoc on Canada’s maritime coast. We were reminded of the power of nature and how fragile what we build is. We remember those who have suffered and continue to clean up in grief. Yet we know that God is with us and through the storms, we are not alone.
We not only acknowledge God, but we call on those we work alongside to build a more caring, inclusive society and community. We each add our own touch. And after church in our fellowship hall, we worked together as we created a cosmos collage.
As we enjoy the harvest, let’s remember to share what we have been given with others – no matter how small or how insignificant it may seem to us. Just the act of giving an apple may remind someone of the harvest and of the simple pleasures, as it provides some sustenance and nutrition.
We continue to care and to share. And when we share together, we make an impact, like flowers in the garden or the fruit on the tree.
Let us reflect the generosity and creativity of our God, and for those who’d like to explore more, check out our art guild’s fall series; register by Tuesday night so supplies can be purchased. The $50 fee covers supplies for the mixed-media series that runs from Oct. 4 to Nov. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Andrew’s. Call the church office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.