Summer is officially over on the calendar. The leaves are on fire these days, slipping into oblivion in time, scattering the ground with their lives. I often read a Jesuit priest’s evening meditations on FaceBook and tonight Jim Martin talked about Peter Schineller’s concept of spirituality lived out in autumn. Schineller, also a Jesuit, mentioned three points–a balance of light and dark, an ability to let go and an acceptance of death. These are powerful images and the one that spoke to me was balance.

September–a new year for many of us–is a time of balance. Imagine! When life seems busiest, we are actually being called to balance, to live in a state where we are not overwhelmed by the darkness because there is equal amounts of light. Tomorrow night I will gather with friends for Rosh Hashanah–the New Year celebration for the Jewish community. This is an opportunity to start anew.

It is time to let go too. Can we discern what is important to do and let God take care of the rest? When we leave the details to God, oftentimes our needs fall into kairos instead of chronos.

What autumn joys are you finding amidst the changes that come at this time of year? Stop for a moment and look at the magnificent colours decorating life right now. Think about how you can set the world on fire too. Where does God want your attention and energy? Let go and be transformed. God has you.



About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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