Happy fall everyone!
On one of my late afternoon walks this week, there was a beautiful old tree full of fall color that took my breath away. Bright golden yellows and oranges on thick branches that reached out and up into a blue autumn sky. This. This is fall.
Yet in my backyard, green leaves seemed to drop straight to the ground, magically turning brown before they landed. It happened for weeks until the frost came. When the cold came, bright green leaves suddenly filled rooftops, gutters, lawns, and driveways. It was a little otherworldly. A very strange fall.
The fall season is when I also look forward to another kind of beauty. Being in community. Yet this fall has been strange. It is as if the leaves, golden and also green, mirrored the experience.
A year and a half of burning out on Zoom and lack of social contact, I had looked forward to swinging the church doors wide, inviting everyone back home. But, the pandemic was persistent and we scaled back our plans. Live-stream is a wonderful option, but there’s nothing like being together.
But now, there is hope. The caseload numbers are falling almost as fast as the leaves. Kids are getting vaccinated, hooray! Adults are getting boosters and vaccination rates are climbing. All good.
So that means we get to begin coming back to church. We still have fewer seats in the sanctuary but we can begin to fill them up. RE is still outside until the kids get their shots. In the meantime, families are invited to come and worship together. If the caseload numbers keep falling, maybe even the choir can come back in-person. Wouldn’t that be great! It gives us something to look forward to.
My wish – shhh! – is that we can all be together for Christmas Eve. That would be a gift two years in the making. Before then, let’s start coming back and re-introducing ourselves to each other and welcome visitors and new members alike.
Just as fall scenery has provoked a sense of wonder, coming back together as a community moves my heart. I can hardly keep from smiling.
See you soon,
P.S. Don’t forget Daylight Savings Time! You get an extra hour on Sunday. 🙂