“It’s been a long, long, long time coming
but I know: change gonna come.”

If you need a song today — for hope or for comfort, for resisting or lamenting, for holding on or for letting go — I recommend letting Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” wash over you.

Maybe it’s the changing seasons that have so many of us feeling contemplative: autumn turns colder on its way toward winter in the northern hemisphere, spring temperatures in the southern hemisphere strain toward the warmth of summer.

Maybe it’s the momentous occasion of Reformation Day, five hundred years after Martin Luther posted his theses. Maybe it’s the poignancy of All Saints’ Day that has us all gazing soberly at death and life and changes along the way.

Maybe it’s the political climate that groans with all creation, calling to the ears of our heart to watch for the stark & soon-to-come visions of Advent to give us hope.

Maybe it’s the holiday cups from Starbucks that flash with joyful color every year on November 1st and make me long for Christmas.

Maybe it’s many things and maybe it’s nothing at all that has so many bloggers in the RevGalBlogPals’ community writing about life’s changes:

+ Dark Threads and Golden and her dog are enjoying autumn: “I love this time of year, the harvest is in, and the fields not yet ploughed, so there are acres of stubble to run and chase in [for the dog], and walks are fun.”

+ The death of her grandmother has Ash and Starlight giving thanks even in grief: “My grandmother’s energy, heart, faith and wit leave beautiful footprints. I try to place my own feet in those imprints, feeling my soles connect with the strength hers had in walking that path. And couldn’t we all use some more strength for the journey?”

+ In reflecting on the Feast of All Souls, Messy Jesus Business writes, “To be honest, one of the hardest things about living, of being in relationship with others, is the way that it opens me up to suffering and grief.”

+ Also observing All Saints’ Day, Living Water(town) considers, “[The faithful departed] call me to account. What will my legacy be? What warmth and truth will my life radiate so powerfully that my children and my children’s children will find something of hope in them?”

+ Just Katherine is still reflective about an international move her family made almost a decade ago: “The journey hasn’t been as I planned.”

+ A purple sofa is gone from the living room of Tea and Theology: “The act of giving away my lovely sofa made me reflect on all the stuff I have and my attachment to it. … I am thinking about the season in which things are with us and how we discern when it is time for them to move on or be with someone else.”

What changes are you noticing these days, within yourself and within your (local, regional, global) community? What memories feel especially close these days? What hopes have been tugging at your heartstrings?

Share your thoughts and your blogpost links in the comments, and give thanks for community through change.

Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister, soccer mom, blogger, and author. She encourages the practice of prayer-writing in Writing to God: 40 Days of Praying with My Pen.

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