From the Pastor’s Pen

Happy Fall Everyone!  It’s wonderful being with you as the new pastor of Olean Trinity.  Tim and I have been busy settling into the lovely parsonage and learning new faces and names.  We now feel quite at home here and ready to face the joy of new relationships found within the connection of our faith family. 

 As you come to know me you will find that Autumn is my favorite season.  The cooler weather, the pumpkins, the beautiful colored leaves piled up just waiting to be jumped into… it’s all good.  There is a freshness in the air and a special smell that speaks of change to me, perhaps it’s because I view this time of the year as a quieting time. The summers in Western New York are rather short, and so we fill the days with activities, trying to do as much as possible before the snow flies again.  We are caught up in a frenzy of picnics, graduation parties, family reunions, weddings and baby showers.  By the time Fall comes, we are all ready for a return to a routine, for a slowing down and renewal of our well-being. 

Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us that:

For everything its season, and for every activity under heaven its time;

A time to be born and a time to die;

A time to plant and a time to uproot;

A time to weep and a time to laugh

 A time for mourning and a time for dancing;

A time to seek and a time to lose;

A time to keep and a time to throw away

 A time for silence and a time for speech;

A time to love… a time for peace.

There is indeed beauty in each annual season as well as within each season of our lives.

 I am an avid reader, and one of my favorite devotional texts is by Sally Lloyd-Jones.  The author wrote a short story called

True Colors

that I would like to share with you.  It goes like this:

“Did you know that leaves aren’t really green?  They only seem that way.  Each leaf contains chlorophyll – the green color that captures light and turns it into food for the tree.  It’s this green that hides the leaf’s true color.  In the autumn; trees produce less chlorophyll, the green fades, and so the leaves show their true colors – blazing reds, yellows, golds!  The leaves were always those brilliant colors; we just couldn’t see them.  And the bible says you can’t see all you really are either.  But one day, when God mends his broken world once and for all, you’ll be all he made you to be – and then your true colors will come shining through.  For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.”

There is far more to us than what we now see in this world.  It is by faith that we know God is with us, that God made us, and that God loves us.  We are God’s handiwork, and we will understand someday how fearfully and wonderfully made we all are.  Peace and Grace to all.

In Gentleness,

Pastor Sue