Enjoy the beauty of the fall season – leaves and all

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Minister's Forum

What a great time of year this is. The heat of summer has given way to the coolness of fall. The leaves on the trees are changing from various shades of green to bright yellow, gold and red.

Already, for those of us who have trees in our yards, lawn mowing has given way to leaf mowing. What a great time to be out doing things in the yard as we prepare for the coming of winter time, when we will not be able to do what we would like to do.
This is a good time to remember that, in other areas of our life, there will come a time when we cannot do what we would like to do. Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us that “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” This statement from the Old Testament is more than just a comment on when we should get busy doing our yard work. It is a statement on how we should live our lives.
We know that our time on this earth is short, when compared with eternity. In Psalm 90, we hear this expressed by David: “Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born, or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting, you are God…for 1,000 years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.”
So we know that time passes on…just as the summer season we looked forward to all of last winter has now passed on into fall. But that is not bad news. That is the good news, because we have a God who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. And through all the seasons of our life, God is there with us to comfort and to guide us through the ups and downs of our lives.
There is more Good News! God loves us so much that he has sent his son, Jesus, to teach us how to live our lives in harmony with God’s will. And Jesus loved God and us so much that he willingly gave his own life for us on the cross at Calvary to free us from the condemnation of the original sins of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. If you publicly accept this love, which has been offered to you through the grace of God and his son, Jesus the Christ, you have been promised the gift of the Holy Spirit.
In John 14, Jesus is quoted as saying, “If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the father, and he will give you a counselor to be with you forever…the spirit of truth.” Jesus went on to say, “I will not leave you as orphans” with no one to turn to in time of need.
Enjoy the beauty of the earth that God has created for us, and the beauty of the changing seasons. But also remember the changes that we need to make in our lives, so that we might live our lives in harmony with Jesus’ teachings and God’s will.