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November 9, 2014, 10:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - November 9, 2014

Dear Friends,

We are now dipping further into autumn with blustery winds and cold rains with more on the way I am sure.  This is perhaps my favorite time of year except for winter.  I know winter is not very popular for some.  I don’t like slick roads and sidewalks either.  My back has gone on strike at times shoveling the beautiful white stuff, but nonetheless a blanket of white covering everything can be quite peaceful.

It may be a while yet before we see any flakes, but the lead up to it is quite amazing.  Our God is quite the artist when it comes to painting landscapes and the fall colors and early morning fogs are a reminder that the world He created is active, amazing, and a picture of our lives.

Seasons are reminiscent of the different times of our lives.  Now, the obvious analogy is to draw a parallel between seasons and age.  But, I would like us to think about the seasons in relation to times in our life of starting new things, wonderful times of joy, the drawing to close of a chapter, and times of our life when we are kind of in a holding pattern.  This is much like Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter; in that order.

There are times of loss which are similar to fall when the life of spring and summer are fading and we may experience a loss or a dramatic change in our lives that may be painful to walk through.  And after the loss, winter sets in with its long seemingly cold days with the starkness of barren branches against a gray sky.  All of us here today are in one season or another as we sit in the service today.

There is one thing I want you to remember, especially if you are in winter time or fall in your life this morning.  Spring is always on the way.  Not because that’s the way the seasons work, but because, as J. Vernon McGee used to say, “God is still on the throne and prayer changes things!”  There is always hope in Christ.  Even in the midst of our winter He sends a blanket of His blessings to comfort and cover the barrenness of our lives in a time of loss.

As always, my prayer is that we would all Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”    II Timothy 2:15.

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann, Your Shepherd

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