God’s Beloved & Members of St. John,
Grace and peace to you all. I hope this letter finds you well and that you have been able to enjoy the beautiful autumn. The changing leaves started out with such a spectacular and colorful array of beauty—which have since fallen—opening up space for the rustic red, coffee brown, and deep yellow leaves. Autumn is such a delightful reminder of how beautiful it can be to let things go. To trust in your roots and to prepare for the winter ahead. May this be a time of such beauty and trust in your life.
This season reminds me of the book of Jeremiah, and in particular this passage, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.” Sometimes these words can be completely comforting to hear, and other times they can be hard to hear. Especially when life gets heavy, overwhelming, or despairing these words can feel empty. But I assure you, they are anything, but empty.
Because even in the longest night, Christ is there in the darkness. For Christ’s resurrection took place in a tomb in complete darkness. Showing that in darkness there is always new life, resurrection, and hope. So, as we settle into the end of fall, and as our bodies, minds, and spirits receive the turbulent world around us, know that Christ is with you. And if it is too difficult to hold that trust, know that I am holding each one of you in prayer, and cultivating that trust for you, when you cannot.
As always, if you ever need any one to talk to, I am here for you. Please feel free to call or text me (608)-345-9616 or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you would simply like to meet up for coffee, tea, or a walk, I would love to share that time with you.
Grace, Peace, and God’s Blessings to you,
Pastor Maggie Westaby