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by Rev. Erica Thompson

As an adult, October has become one of my favorite months. With the heat & humidity breaking, as well as the rush & excitement of September waning, October seems to give way to a slower pace. And the space that this “slow down” creates in my life is a welcome shift. 

I delight in the colors, scents, tastes and sensations of the season. There is brilliant foliage, the smell of applesauce cooking on the stove and pumpkin bread fresh from the oven. I love the chilly night air that wafts through open windows, and the feel of a well-worn sweater and cozy socks. 

October is also a reflective month. A season where the shadows begin to lengthen and the nights become longer, a season for me, of turning inward. I find myself reflecting on all that has occurred in the last year - both the joys & the challenges. Taking time to humbly celebrate and give thanks for the successes while allowing the missteps and the regrets to fade into the autumn beauty is a gift.  

Beloveds, my desire for each of you this month is that you too will find some moments for quiet reflection and a slower pace. We have been through a lot in the last 18 months. There have been disappointments, injustices, death, and grief. While at the same time, new life and new rhythms have emerged. So much has been revealed to us as individuals and as a community, and unless we are intentional about stopping long enough to look around, be curious, reflect, and enjoy what is…I am afraid that we may just miss all that October has to offer. 

May the love of God surround you and bring you peace today and in the days to come.