Dear friends,

The other evening as Tom and I were out walking Jake I noticed a difference in the night sky since we have moved from summer to autumn.  There is a more amber glow in the evening, a change from the brighter light we experienced just a few weeks ago.

I love autumn and all the sights and smells it brings – leaves changing color, pumpkin spice flavored everything, and the anticipation of wearing a cozy sweater as the days will become cooler.  I know sweater season will happen, but as the saying goes, wait for it…

Having a seasonal calendar helps me stay grounded in God’s order of life, particularly during these days of unpredictability.  Are we going to open more businesses, or will we need to hunker down again?  What will happen in the next few weeks as we vote?  Will the holidays be holly jolly or be home for Christmas only in our dreams?  So many questions left to answer this year, but there is one thing I know for certain – God is present in all the seasons and uncertainties of our lives, and for that we can rejoice and give thanks.

Two events that are happening this coming week, for which I give thanks include people and pets.  On Saturday, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. I will be joining the San Diego Humane Society as they offer their first Blessing of the Animals.  We are doing it virtually this year, but already planning for 2021’s drive thru.  And, as you know, on Sunday, Oct. 11, Rev. Tom and I will be doing St. Mark’s Blessing the Animals as they come through our parking lot between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m..  We are excited to see people and pets in this annual event.  Plus, according to the Weather Channel it looks like it will be cooler so I might get to wear a sweater as well as a mask!

I know that some people won’t be able to join us for the Blessing of the Animals so if this is the case, please call the church office and let us know.  We will do virtual blessings for you and your pets.  Our hope is that everyone feels God’s blessings during this season.

Whatever may come in the days ahead, I pray you will feel the peace of God with you as we continue to live in this season of our life.  May it be so.