Septem­ber is a pretty good word

The Amherst News - - FAITH/COMMUNITY - Rev. By­ron Corkum

What a dif­fer­ence a word can make! Septem­ber, with the change of the month it seems like Mother Na­ture is send­ing us a mes­sage that its time to put away sum­mer things and get ready for fall. Al­ready the days are cooler in the morn­ing and at night. With Septem­ber, school re­sumes for an­other year; peo­ple con­sider shut­ting down the cot­tage for an­other sea­son; or­ga­ni­za­tions start up full pro­grams; churches be­gin to see peo­ple re­turn­ing to ser­vices; Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions start to pop up in the stores. We shouldn’t be sur­prised. It hap­pens ev­ery year and ev­ery year we won­der where the sum­mer went. Even Mother Na­ture gets cre­ative. Leaves change colour and fields take on new looks. As much as I com­plain about the sea­sons, I do ap­pre­ci­ate them and won­der what it would be like to live in a place where it was the same year round. The only bad thing about fall is that it leads to win­ter and win­ter brings with it storms. For those who love the snow though, it is a time they have been wait­ing for through three other sea­sons- break out the skis, the snow­mo­biles and hot choco­late.

With all the flood­ing in Texas this past week, we need to be thank­ful that we live in an area that, up to now, has not had to deal with the kinds of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters that so many other places face. We usu­ally don’t have hur­ri­canes, tor­na­dos, earthquakes and ma­jor flood­ing, but with the changes in the en­vi­ron­ment, all th­ese things are pos­si­ble. Our hearts, prayers and do­na­tions go out to the peo­ple of Texas who have lost ev­ery­thing and must start over. What a task it must be. Clean­ing up the mess, re­build­ing homes, recre­at­ing lost mem­o­ries and for some, mourn­ing the loss of loved ones killed in the storms. It is times like th­ese that should be en­cour­aged to put asides dif­fer­ences and value hu­man life, all the while ap­pre­ci­at­ing what we have.

When you think about it, Septem­ber re­ally is a spec­tac­u­lar month. It of­fers so many chal­lenges and new ad­ven­tures. As the Chris­tian Church, we ap­pre­ci­ate Septem­ber for the en­ergy it rekin­dles in our con­gre­ga­tions. Mem­bers re­turn to the ac­tiv­i­ties af­ter hav­ing some time to re­lax and re­dis­cover the won­der of hav­ing some time to do what you want. We are re­minded that God has a role for all of us in this won­drous cre­ation and be­ing part of a church fam­ily is one way to ex­pe­ri­ence the joy He has given us. Churches of­fer an op­por­tu­nity to con­nect with other peo­ple and have some­one con­cerned about your well be­ing for no other rea­son than they are gen­uinely con­cerned about you. Wor­ship times of­fers us a chance to re­con­nect with our God and to keep that spir­i­tual spark alive within us.

So, I guess Septem­ber is a pretty good word af­ter all, so let’s cel­e­brate the new month and the up­com­ing new sea­son by mak­ing the most of ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.

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