November 13, 2020

The 70 degree weather we had earlier in the week brought many outdoors to enjoy the fleeting fall sun. There was both a sense of joy for this gift of warmth so late in the season and an urgency to soak it all up before winter comes. 

Rev. Ruth Sorenson-Prokosch recently shared this during an adult ed class, “Being in nature, even looking out the window, is helpful for stress reduction. It is good for our senses and improves overall mood. When many of us are using screens more, being in nature is a good counterbalance and reminds us of the good of creation.”

As you are able, prepare for the colder days by bringing nature indoors. A potted plant, cut flowers, even rocks or pine cones are a lovely sight for our winter eyes. Hold these words of Ecclesiastes 3 in your heart, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;”

Thanks be to God.