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Autumn is probably my favourite season of the year. The weather is often still quite warm and there are all those amazing colour changes going on in the leaves and plants; as well as the red and orange berries on bushes that give birds a good feed ready for the winter,

Autumn is a season of change, a season of transition, a season of renewal.

For me, autumn also marks an ending. In the garden it’s the time to start putting everything to bed. Fruit and vegetables are all harvested. Flower bushes are dead headed or cut back and, most exciting of all, you can begin to plan for the next year. Compost can be dug in; greenhouses tidied up; flower and vegetable beds can be made ready for a new start in the spring.

Amidst all the changes in nature I am reminded that God never changes. After Autumn, Winter comes and everything seems dead and gone, but we don’t have to wait long for the new growth in Spring and the full flowering again in Summer. Autumn reminds us year after year, of what we all know but often forget, which is that endings mark new beginnings.

“The seasons come and go, so focus on the God who remains unchanged and unchanging. “Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” Psalm 90:1-2

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