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Here is Gillean’s foreword to this year’s autumn newsletter:
One of my favourite songs is Autumn Leaves and I especially like Nat King Cole’s version. As I write this letter, it is certainly autumn. The leaves are turning into those lovely colours: bronze, and red and gold. Today I had my first robin at the bird-feeder on my balcony and the calendar on my computer is flagging up dates such as Remembrance Sunday, All Saints and Christmas! It is certainly true that as you get older the time does seem to go faster; perhaps it’s because it is so precious. I remember as a youngster finding the time between my birthday and Christmas dragging terribly, and my birthday is in November! Now I wonder with alarm which birthday is coming next!
Having said all of that, it is important to remember that, without autumn, there would be no spring. Spring and new growth comes only after the death of the autumn leaves and the darkness of winter. When I worked on the Orkney Isles the winter came with alarming speed and the darkness was complete, sometimes from as early as two in the afternoon! The compensation for these winter months, of course, is to be found in friendships and the warmth of home and fireside, time to talk and to slow down a little.
The same can be said of the autumn of our lives. Things can be less frantic and there should be more time for cultivating the finer things in life! Your faith is something that can be put on the back burner when days are busy with work or children, but if you’re approaching your latter years, the wisdom years, then what better time to get back in touch with God? The story is unchanged, although the world is changing all the time. God is not constrained by years or seasons and is always happy to welcome you back. Why don’t you give him a call today and maybe you could get to know each other a bit better as the nights draw in.
Wishing you all God’s blessing.