by Rev. Elizabeth Rowley Hogue

In this season of transformation, as nature paints the world in hues of amber and crimson, we find ourselves nestled within the embrace of autumn’s gentle whispers. It is a time when the air becomes crisp, and the earth prepares for a slumber beneath a quilt of golden leaves. As we gather in the warmth of our homes and hearts, let us extend our gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon us and the moments that knit us together.

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Rev. Elizabeth Rowley is an independent columnist for The Atascadero News and Paso Robles Press; you can email her at

Amidst the rustling leaves and the aroma of spiced cider, let us take a moment to appreciate the beauty surrounding us. The trees, shedding their foliage in a graceful dance, teach us the art of letting go, inviting us to release that which no longer serves us and make space for new growth and new beginnings.


May this season be a tapestry of togetherness, weaving threads of joy, laughter, and cherished memories. Let us open our homes and hearts to those in need, nurturing a spirit of kindness and compassion that knows no season. As we share meals with loved ones and strangers alike, may our tables be laden not just with food but also with the nourishment of love and understanding.

In the brisk morning air, as the sun peeks through the veils of mist, may it illuminate our paths and fill our days with renewed hope and purpose. Let us embrace the shorter days as an invitation to kindle the flame of introspection within, to ponder our journeys, aspirations, and the connections that enrich our lives.

As we approach the season of giving, may our generosity and empathy extend beyond material gifts. Let us offer the presence of patience, empathy, and a listening ear to those around us. In these simple acts of kindness, we sow the seeds of unity and harmony, nurturing a garden of goodwill that flourishes long after the leaves have fallen.

Let us revel in the traditions that bind us together, honoring the diversity of our community and the richness of our collective heritage. As we light candles or gather around the hearth, let the warmth of our customs and celebrations illuminate the path for a brighter, more understanding future.

May this season’s blessings wrap us in a cloak of serenity, infusing our spirits with the magic of hope and the promise of new beginnings. With each falling leaf, let us find the courage to shed our worries and fears, leaving space for the budding possibilities that await us in the cycle of life.

As we navigate the symphony of nature’s transition, may we carry within us the wisdom of the seasons, the resilience of the ever-changing landscape, and the grace to welcome what is to come.

May we be blessed with peace, unity, and abundant joy in this kaleidoscope of autumn’s hues. As we journey through this season, may our hearts be aglow with the beauty of the moment and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

You are the reason for the season.

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