It’s hard to believe September came and went. August 10th seems like so long ago, yet my year serving in Manchester feels like it has only just begun. Now, I find myself fast approaching the heart of October and the peak of the Fall season draws near. Fall has always been my favorite season and coming from California I find myself entranced by the changing of the leaves here in NH. My favorite trees, this time of year, are always those with leaves of red, the deeper the red the better.
They dot the landscape with their vibrant color, standing out among the other fall colors, much like our red jackets as we walk the sidewalks of Elm street here in Manchester. But, unlike those same crimson topped trees, our jackets will not fade away with winter, they will continue to dot the landscape of this city through the cold winter months and on through the spring. The red of our jackets being a bold reminder of what we are here to do and a declaration of our presence.
I’ve been serving in a 5th grade class at Beech St. Elementary for several weeks and it has been both a joyful thing and a challenging one. I have been feeling encouraged lately, because I am beginning to see that my presence in class is a positive one and I’m starting to see the impact my team is making at Beech St. I know the months ahead may hold many more challenges, but I am hopeful that my team will make a difference for the kids were serving. As long as we put on those jackets each morning ready to bring vibrant service to match the vibrant red and positive role modeling to go with that physical presence.