The evenings seem to be drawing in again, as quickly as they drew out, and it’s barely warmed up, and yet September is already upon us, and as the final fields of the harvest are gathered, children and students and teachers begin a new academic year.
Somehow, despite having been out of the education system for most of my adult life, I have always found this time of year to feel more like a new year than a random change of date in midwinter. There’s more sign of change around about us, there’s the unique quality of sunlight in late summer, and as the year wanes, our gratitude for any fine weather increases.
As the fruits ripen we are reminded of-God’s bountiful provision for us, and as we are surrounded by reminders of our own mortality, watching the leaves falling I certainly find myself reflecting on what changes, or resolutions I need to make, in order that I become more fully the person God has created me to be.
My thoughts at this time of year are eloquently expressed by Dag Hammarskjold (a Swedish diplomat, the second United Nations Secretary-General, and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient)
“For all that has been – Thanks. For all that shall be – Yes.”
With Every Blessing,