Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, who lived around 535BCE is quoted as saying “Change is the only constant in life.”

Holy and Gracious God, as the summer has officially come to an end and the days have suddenly become shorter and cooler, we know that fall is here. In so many ways we love fall with its beautiful colored leaves, the pumpkins, the apple cider, and the harvest that we are so grateful to celebrate. And yet, the arrival of fall means that winter is on the way. Quiet. Snow. Bare trees. And so we stop to marvel at the earth and its bounty. And we pause to acknowledge that change is all around us. Sometimes we welcome change, but sometimes we do not. Remind us that you are with us, through all the seasons of life. And we can support one another, as this family of the people of God. These things we ask, these things we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

In the Sacred Journey, author and Presbyterian minister Frederick Buechner writes, “it is mainly for some clue as to where I am going that I search through where I have been; for some hint as to whom I am becoming or failing to become that I delve into who I used to be.”

As most of you know, I just moved to Bronxville in the summer. And with me came boxes of treasures: Treasures from my childhood, as well as from my children’s childhood. My daughter has just graduated from high school and has just begun the next leg of her journey by following her dream to become a cadet at West Point. My son is now in seventh grade in Bronxville, and I marvel almost weekly that I think he is growing. At Christmas he was taller than my daughter. Last week, he was taller than me. Change! Everywhere I look change.

So how will we respond to change? How do we respond when change is what we want? When change comes in the form of something we do not want? Can we pray when we frankly have no words? Have we put enough deposits in the bank to call on friends to walk with us and hold our hands? Do we have a community of faith to pray for us when we need prayer the most?

Frederick Buechner also said, “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Do not be afraid.” The words, “do not be afraid” or “fear not” are spoken 365 times in the Bible, once for every day of the year. God is always telling us, oftentimes through heavenly messengers and angels, “do not be afraid,” because I am with you. I will never forsake you. You are mine. And that is the heart of the Gospel message. We belong to God. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Nothing.

It is one of the greatest joys and honors of my ministry to sit with you, to pray with you, to get to know you and be your Associate Minister. I ardently hope that I will have time in the coming months to get to know each one of you individually. Please reach out with the button below and let’s put something on the calendar. Fall is here, and winter is coming. Change is in the air! Whether beautiful or terrible things happen in your life, I want to be a part of every step along your spiritual journey.

 

Blessings and peace,

Kibbie