Once again we are enjoying the beauty of God’s creation all around us as the transition is made from Summer to Fall, and then from Fall to Winter.
We live in such a beautiful part of the country as the Autumn leaves fill the trees with brilliant colors making the hills look like gigantic multi-colored flowers! Then, as the weather gets even cooler and the winds pick up, those same beautfiul leaves fall as the trees are left to face the winter “alone”.
I don’t know about you, but this truly is one of my favorite times of the year as the temperatures are more pleasant and invigorating. Yet, we know what is “around the corner”! Winter is coming.
As I watch, I also notice the scurrying of the squirrels as they frantically search for chestnuts that have fallen to the ground. It’s amazing to me that God has built such a sense of preparation into the animals that even they recognize the value of being ready for upcoming needs.
Let me assure you, and remind you that God knows our needs, yet it is still important for us to do our part in making sure we are obedient and prepare for the future. Yet, in all that preparation God has made it clear that we are to put Him first in all we do, especially in our giving. As we do that, He has promised that He would take care of our needs! Matthew 6:33 shares this truth so powerfully; “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
As we move closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas, let me remind you that Jesus Christ will supply for our needs, and yes, I believe there are times we may be blessed even in greater ways than just for the things we “need”. Yet, we are blessed to BE a blessing! We are all called to be givers, and I want to remind you that while the church “receives” from those who attend, we are thrilled to be able to give out, and give back in so many ways, both here in this community and around the world.
Thank you so much for continuing to remain faithful in the areas of giving and tithing. God has made it so simple, yet in a sense, so challenging! We are not a church that survives on fund-raisers to meet our needs, but we continue to thank God for generous supporters like you who simply give because it’s the right thing to do, and reflects the nature of God who gave His son Jesus Christ, and Jesus who gave His life for us!
May God Bless You!
Pastor John Doe