It's official, Fall has arrived. But we really didn't need an official date on the calendar to tell us. Change is evident. We see new colors in nature; new sports being played on the field and new shows on television. New aromas are in the air, a new angle to the sun is seen in the sky and new behaviors of insects, birds and animals can be observed. All of these signs tell us the old is passing away. So, it seems a bit ironic that in a country identified with the “next new thing” and with all this “newness” in nature around us, we find ourselves often resisting it and wanting to hold on to the old days of summer. Perhaps this is because it is a reminder of the seasons of our lives, and the sobering realization that “this too shall pass.” If we dwell on this for long we might find ourselves in a state of melancholy or sadness. Like Lot's wife, if we turn and look back with yearning for too long, we might find ourselves beginning to turn hard and bitter. As the great English poet and scholar Samuel Johnson said, “No person can taste the fruits of autumn while delighting one's scent with the flowers of spring.” So, now is the time to set what is past in the past. It is a time to remember it fondly, but not allow it to steal the present. Now is the appointed time to bite into a ripe apple; to buy that gallon of bouja from Holy Spirit; to smell smokey bonfires and burning grass; and to add cinnamon and nutmeg to our favorite recipes. It is the time to catch that elusive lunker as the crisp wind stirs up a “walleye chop” on the water. So, as St. Paul tells us, “ In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” Now is the time to give thanks for Fall and all the wonderful new gifts it presents to us.