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DEVOTIONAL GUIDE: ‘For everything there is a season’

"Turn, turn, turn." Fall is a time of transition, a special time of year.

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Rev. Steve Norby
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“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).

September is a month that begins the beautiful transition that is autumn.

First of all, the fields are “turning.” Potatoes are already coming out of the ground. Soon the corn will dent, and the leaves of the soybeans will drop. Next comes the changing of the trees, whose leaves explode with color especially in the sunlight that is Fall.

I enjoy watching football, especially high school. Standing with the parents and fans produces moments of great joy and at times disappointment wrapped in pride.

Soon our Minnesota Twins will either begin postseason play, or there is always next year. Playoff baseball brings back the memories of 1987 and 1991, when it was hard to awake for the next day’s work.

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I must say that the great start of our Vikings defeating that team from Wisconsin brought joy to most of us.

There is nothing more colorful than Golden Gopher football. For me, maroon and gold produce the best college color combinations.

Yes, autumn is my favorite time of year. The boats will be off the lake with the docks and lifts moved onshore. I love boating, and now is the time to enjoy the end of a great season.

For many of you, there is the good stewardship of hunting deer, geese, grouse and turkeys. Such moments are priceless, and lessons of respect are learned. The same can be said about fishing. It teaches life lessons of patience and preparation.

When I was young, the time came to drain our water lines for winter. That last boat ride around the quiet lake of November with our 20-horse Johnson on a Lund fishing boat reminds me that there are times and seasons for farming, sports and the tasks of life.

Such wisdom is reflected by the Preacher when he wrote words that inspired the Byrds to sing “Turn, Turn, Turn.” Enjoy the turning that is fall, because as we know, winter will come again.

Rev. Steve Norby serves as lead pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.

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Rev. Steve Norby serves as lead pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.
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