October used to be one of my favorite months of the year. Crisp, fall air pushing away the heat of summer. Chrysanthemums. Pumpkin and apple pies steaming from their flaky crusts, smelling of cinnamon and spice. Fall décor. Will and my wedding anniversary. Leaves falling into crackling piles, and children romping through them, rosy-cheeked.
But now I dread October, for reasons I won’t detail here. My stomach has been in knots for the last few weeks, just thinking about the weeks coming.
This year certainly hasn’t been an improvement with the political firestorm in this country. I usually try my best to remain uninvolved with politics, but I can’t help but find myself with opinions and disagreements, and it’s all very painful to think about.
A few days ago, an idea sparkled into my mind. Why not try to push away the darkness with light? Turn the sadness into blessing? Bring glory into the barrenness?
For the next month, I want to focus on practicing thankfulness, spreading happiness, and worshipping my Father. I don’t intend to suppress my deep thoughts, but I can make my life better by choosing to discover and enjoy the good, even while trying to process what is complicated and difficult.
Tell me, how would you do this?
I have ideas, including playing worship music for at least an hour every day. Baking a special treat for the children, and playing games with them. Lighting candles, just because. Helping the kids paint cards to give to random people. Surprising Will at work with a special treat. Taking time to be thankful. Making some little spot of earth in Medicine Lodge a nicer place, even if it doesn’t benefit me directly.
(I started out my month by talking to the city office until they agreed to remove some vulgar graffiti under a bridge in my neighborhood. Just knowing they are going to clean that up makes my heart warm and glad.)
Even when the days seem heavy and gray, I hold so much richness in my heart; gifts from my generous God.
How would you make October special? I want to hear your thoughts, and maybe at the end of the month I can post a report (with pictures) on what we did!
Will you join me in making this a month of light and blessing?
…for at one time you were in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.
Ephesians 5:8-10 (ESV)