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Fall: Also A Time To Rejoice

It’s well known that the Christmas season is known as the best season of the year — and I agree that it is a wonderful, magical time of year — but Autumn is also beautiful. The leaves, the pumpkin everything, the leaf piles and last days outdoor fun without snow.

It’s glorious.

My kiddos like it, too, as we learned during Columbus Day Weekend.

We spent the weekend baking, playing in leaves, watching fall and Halloween shows and movies — anything we could think of that fit into this short, but beautiful season. We even painted haunted houses and listened to songs like “The Monster Mash.”

It always seems like this time of year is gone before we know it – and we’re in the full swing of winter with all the cold and snow that goes with it. Yet, more often than not, I find myself wishing that time away, longing for Christmas.

It takes a lot for us to live in the moment we’re in — whether we’re wishing for Christmas or hoping for something else. Maybe you’re looking ahead to a bright, shining moment somewhere in the future — but we often forget that God gave us the season we’re in, too. He gives us the beauty of Christmas, but also provides the coziness of fall.

As we all know, Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” However, this is a rather straight forward verse that we might take for granted in our daily lives. Sure, it makes sense and there is a practicality about it that we probably like – but we have to remember that God created the day and the night and saw that it was good. He created each day, each moment, each night and each experience – just as it says in Psalm 118:24, “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

We may be presented with falling leaves or pumpkins; candy or rainy days; snow storms or Christmas carols, but we have a choice of how we choose to view it. Let us take these seasons day by day, making sure we’re recognizing who made them and rejoicing in them.

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