Horses, hay rake and bean field almost ready for harvest.
Today many are talking and thinking about the terrorist attacks 11 years ago. That is as it should be, for it was a day that changed many things. Since that day, we have a new "normal".
It seems each time I turn around there is a new normal. I spent today waiting with a family member in the hospital's surgical waiting room as they were cutting the last of the cancer out of her husband's body. You'd better believe they've had a summer of new "normal".
Our family now includes a married daughter and a son in law. Just about the time the ink was dry on their marriage license, we had another young man asking for another daughter's hand in marriage. So next summer we will rejoice with them as they are married. New normal.
The last of our children is a senior in high school, and I am facing the very real fact that an era in which I've defined myself as a "homeschool mom" is rapidly coming to a close. New normal.
Some people I know are struggling with the reality of marital separation or divorce. Some are dealing with health issues large and small. Some are struggling with unemployment or underemployment. Some are at the end of their earthly life, and waiting to hear that phrase "Well done, you good and faithful servant. Enter into your rest."
If you're facing change, you're not alone. Join the crowd. It's the new normal, and sometimes the new normal is not so hot. But I have this encouragement from Romans 8, verses 38 and 39:
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."