A Season Is Leaving. Another Is Coming.

Dear God,

They were selling mums at the grocery story this week. Potted mums. Rust, gold, orange, brick red and yellow. Two sizes of pots. You know how I dread when the mums come out. It means summer is closing. I love the fall, God, I truly do, but I’ve always measured my life by summer. Not birthdays or New Years. Summer. All the important things happened in the summer. We grew and changed and had new experiences and moved toward the years of big steps in life and who we would be in the world. Even in ministry I loved that first Sunday with all the kids back and they were taller and wiser and more confident and more beautiful somehow—because…summer. And now the mums are ready to sit on our front porches and balconies and window sills. The summer portal is closing. And so I pray for this new year that begins with fall and mums, that I may learn to trust you more with my life’s time—all my life’s time. Whatever is gone, whatever is here, whatever is on its way, may I entrust it all to your ripe promise of abundant life, with or without the mums. Amen.

Diane Strickland is in her 33rd year as an ordained minister now serving in The United Church of Canada as retired clergy. She is a Certified Community and Workplace Traumatologist, Compassion Fatigue Specialist-Therapist, Critical Incident Responder, author and creator of Trauma Informed Resources.

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