It is snow tire season in Québec. As predictable as the leaves falling in October, every day in November there is another vehicle sporting snow tires in our neighbourhood. Seasons change. Times change. And we do too.
What is shifting inside you these days as autumn slides into winter? Do you look forward to the colder weather? The promised snow? Does your soul open up as the leaves fall? Or do you feel yourself closing in; looking for moments and places of comfort and warmth? When you look inside, what is happening inside your spirit? Inside your mind? Inside your body?
These are soul questions. These are theological questions. They give us clues into our relationship with God. They help us see what God is up to in our lives.
There are no right or wrong answers to such questions. We need both the times of opening up and anticipation, as well as the more reflective times in our lives. It is the balance of engagement and introspection; of offering and receiving; of moving outward and returning to our centre, that is essential to our well-being. In all of these places, in all of these moments we have the opportunity to meet God. God is there waiting for us to notice and to respond. Sometimes I think God loves these shifting season times because we are more likely to be aware when things are changing. When we are aware we are more open to welcoming God more deeply. And this, I believe, makes God's heart sing!
This weekend I will be in New Brunswick helping my Mom celebrate her 95th birthday. Boyd will lead worship on Sunday in my absence. We are grateful to him for his generous gift of worship leadership. We will be back to the regular schedule of 10:30 worship.