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In less than 12 hours we left summer heat behind and were greeted by autumn – in crossing state lines and traveling north a few hundred miles. Sweating one day and shivering the next, leaving the desert we found ourselves surrounded by rangeland and farmland. The sky was clearer, the morning air crisp, leaves turning golden, colors sharp and shadows lengthened in day’s early light. As we drove through the countryside nearing our home, the changes felt good.

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Summer had been long and hard. But this earthy reminder of changing seasons provided a reason to believe that other seasons can change as well – occupational, ministerial, relational…

And it gave me hope.

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