It probably seems strange that our October theme is Rest and Relaxation. After all, most people think of summer as the time for R&R–taking a cruise or chilling in a beach chair at the ocean, or whatever you find restful and relaxing.

That’s not what nature does, however. In fact, summer is nature’s time to hit the high temperatures and bring out all the fresh fruits and garden produce. Winter doesn’t seem very relaxing, either, with the wind and the snow and short days with early darkness. Nature is obviously very industrious in spring, as everything comes back to life. But in fall, and usually starting in October, nature begins to shut down for the long rest.

The leaves change color and drift to the ground. The temperatures begin to drop (okay, they’re taking their time this year, but you know it’s coming!). Caterpillars form cocoons. Many animals prepare for a winter of hibernation. Nature has to go to sleep for awhile to renew itself for next year. This pattern is related to what Jesus says in John 12:24: Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

Jesus is not referring only to his own death. As Paul wrote in Galatians 2:20, I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. As we watch the leaves fall this month, we should remember that in our baptism we died to sin and became a part of God’s kingdom, which is here and now with us.

And our lives have periods of growth and productivity, and periods of hibernation when it seems like nothing very productive is happening. It is happening–God is using those periods to prepare us for the next part of His plan for us. Wait for it. Fall is here and winter is on the way, but spring will surely come for all of us. When everything slows down, God is preparing us to grow.

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About Martha A. Moore (M.A. Moore)

I used to define myself as a writer who worked in other fields for a living, but I've come to realize that I'm a teacher who likes to write occasionally in my spare time - which is not the calling of a full-time writer. Up until this year, I served as a classroom teacher for more than 30 years; this year I became a school administrator at a nondenominational Christian school in southeast Washington, DC. I'm an active member of Lutheran Church of the Cross-Missouri Synod in Rockville, MD, where I worship with my daughter and my three-year-old and seven-month-old granddaughters. I am also an active member of Vineyard Via de Cristo, and a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts. I sometimes write songs for VdC and for friends in Scouting. I've also written plays in the past for my church youth group and for some school students to perform. I am in the midst of rehab after open heart surgery in July 2017. I believe in God who is my Father and my Creator, God who is my Brother and my Savior, and God who is my Comforter and my Advocate - and God has made it abundantly clear that He believes in me and is always with me, whatever I may be going through. Soli Deo Gloria!

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