Summer ends Saturday night. Sunday morning will be the dawn of our first fall day by the way I measure seasons. Winter months are December, January, and February. Spring months are March, April, and May, Summer months are June, July, and August. That leaves September, October, and November for Autumn. That is the Bittersweet way to see the seasons.
I have to admit there might have been some pumpkin cream in one of my ice coffees this week. We linger outdoors this time of year as long as we can. Evenings out on Bittersweet are pagents of fragrance and slanting golden light. We eat on the porch. We putter among the flowers. We breathe in the summer evening air and listen with our hearts as the sounds of a country night come on. It’s been cool for summer. We are sleeping with the windows open to the nighttime. We’ve had little rain this summer after a very wet spring, so July and August were sunny months in these parts.
The Preacher’s Wife Candle Company is coming into its busy season between now and Christmas. Lois has a show this weekend in Holland and others this fall including a major show in the countryside northwest of Chicago. Our little home is fragrant with autumn smells, Banana Bread, Apple Cinnamon, Maple Sugar Cookies, Pumpkin, Macintosh Apple and the piney Bittersweet Fragrance. Lois likes to putter about creating things. She has signs and vintage furniture and accents, pretty pails of mums with inspirational writing on them. She always getting pulling a new treasure out of the back of her car and declaring it the “find of the year.” Last week she repurposed a antique child’s school desk into a perfect table to sit beneath our main, front-facing window.
This weekend I will preach at Bethel and finish my series RWYA Remember Whose You Are. Sunday evening I will preach for Camp Selah’s Labor Day Weekend Family Camp. You are welcome to attend the meeting if you like. I think my message will be at 8 p.m.
The Goodness of God
A few weeks ago our son Kyle pointed out a beautiful song about the goodness of God. We’ve learned the song at Bethel and it expresses our heart’s thanksgiving for his kindness to us throughout our lives. We’ve had hardships but we have never lost sight of the goodness of God over our lives. I hope you never do.