Autumn Impressions  

Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before. -- Joel 2:23

As I write this, it is the first day of autumn. I have been thinking of my childhood autumns in Northeast Ohio. I have awesome memories of those days—it was time for unpacking warmer clothing, hot cocoa, harvest moons, bon-fire pep rallies at the beach, fall comfort foods, playing in the piles of leaves and best of all—FOOTBALL! I loved it.

I remember hearing the comparison of the season of autumn to the latter years of life. Sometimes called "the autumn of life." Both are a strange mixture of nostalgia, blessings, and potential. It yields the harvest of seeds we’ve sown and braces us for colder days to come.

When life’s autumn arrives, we look back and better understand the way God led us; but we still have work to do—the best and fullest. It’s a good transition time.

How can we take advantage of the “autumn of life”?

It is a great time to focus on the unchanging character of God. He does not change. “LORD, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” (Psalm 90:1-2).

Our world seems to be changing very quickly. Moral, cultural and societal changes brother us most. They are in front of our eyes when we turn on our television, check the internet or glance at a magazine. We’re painfully aware our kids are growing up in a world far different from the one we knew as children.

And personal changes—children leaving home, the passing family and friends, and the slow, steady decline in our body.

But amid all the changes, one thing, one person, never changes—our eternal God. God does not change. His life is always the same. His character is always dependable. His truth, ways, and purposes do not change. His Son does not change. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

We can still look to the wonderful blessings of God. Since we have a richer perspective, the autumn of life is a great time to focus on God’s wonderful blessings—family, friends, strength, shelter, provision, guidance, care, fruitful ministry, opportunities to serve, more time to pray and study His Word, and eternal life still to come.

Autumn is also a great time for a renewed commitment to our LORD. He remains faithful to you. His promises are still valid. He still has a plan and purpose for your life. Follow Him as he leads you by His Word and Spirit.

God Be Praised!

Pastor Tommy 

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