Hagerstown Church of the Brethren
15 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301-733-3565 * FAX: 301-733-3598

"Church in the Heart of the City with the City at Heart"
Continuing the work of Jesus. Peacefully. Simply. Together.

From Pastor Audrey's Desk - October 2018

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year.  I love the colors of the leaves on the trees. I love the crisp fall air and the cozy feeling of being bundled under blankets with a warm drink. I love all things pumpkin and apple. I love going to corn mazes and having campfires. I have so many fond memories of the falls at my house growing up, playing in the leaves, carving pumpkins, and eating fall treats. And it certainly helps that my favorite color, orange, is so prevalent this time of year.   
A few years ago, I heard a quote about fall that has stuck with me: “Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” This quote reminds me that the beauty I see and love so much during this time of year is     actually the color of something dying off so something new can come.  The leaves on the trees change colors as they begin to wither and die, but this is all so that new leaves can grow after the cold of winter, beckoning in my second favorite season: spring.  If these leaves didn’t die and fall off the tree, there would be no room for the new growth and life to spring forth. 
I have watched my nieces and nephews many times, with hands full, try to pick up something else that they wanted.  You could almost see the gears turning in their heads as they tried to determine whether or not they had enough space to pick up the new thing they wanted or if they were going to have to put something down in order to create more space in their little hands.  We do this with things that we hold on to — whether it be fear, anger, hurt, jealousy, or pride. 
Isaiah said it in this way: “Do not remember the forming things, or consider the things of old.  I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:1819a).  Even as things begin to change or shift, God is already in the act of making a new thing.  We see this in the seasons, but we can also see this in our own lives.  How many times have we mourned the closing of one door only to recognize that another, even better door has opened somewhere else?  How many times have we held onto something that wasn’t worth saving, only to realize later that we missed something more beautiful? 
Times of change can be scary and even feel dangerous, but if we look to the changing of the seasons, we can learn that there is beauty in letting go so that somewhere down the road something new can take its place.  What do you need to let go of today so that God can bring about something new in its place?  What do you need to let die so that new life can spring forth? 
This is a beautiful time of year.  May we learn through the changing trees and the colors of autumn that God can do beautiful things when we let go and surrender to the new things that God can do