September is finally here, as we begin the last third of 2019. I won’t keep you long today, since it’s a holiday – Monday, September 2. Labor Day.
You could say this day begins the “holiday season.” From now until the end of the year, it’s one holiday after another. Store shelves are displaying fall decorations, Halloween candy, and Thanksgiving centerpieces. Family and friends gather for weekly football parties.
Fall harvests are coming in. Sweet pears and crisp apples are ready. You can get everything pumpkin spice flavored for a couple of months. Yum. I can smell that cinnamon now!
Many people celebrate the Jewish fall feasts from Rosh Hashanah, thru Yom Kippur’s fasting, then into a joyous week of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles.) Those are in September and October.
In November we have Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving, followed in December by Advent and Christmas, as well as Hanukkah. Whew! Are we ready for all this?
We love the change of seasons. It breaks the boredom and opens up new possibilities. We even speak in spiritual terms about “seasons” that come and go in our lives.
It’s not officially autumn yet, and summer weather will be with us for a few more weeks in Down Home, Alabama. However, there are hints of fall’s crispness in the early morning air. The daylight is beginning to soften a little, as the northern hemisphere makes a tilt away from the sun. The sun is rising a little later and setting a bit sooner.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, – Genesis 1:14
Isn’t that lovely? Sun and moon and constellations – the universe working together to mark time for us. We note the passing of days, months, and years. We rejoice in seasonal changes we see in the earth around us and in wondrous signs in the heavens.
Blessed are You, O Lord God, King of the Universe, creator of light and darkness, who fashions all things. O Light of the World, Yeshua, Messiah, who was, and is, and is to come. You shine Your light, so that all may come to Your radiance by Your Spirit. Praise be to You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
So we’re in a bit of transition now from summer’s last gasp to the fresh breath of fall.
What do you do to mark this change of seasons?