|Tools & Trainings for Organic Church Movements
Issue No. 17 10.20.08
|It is Autum in Minnesota. Leaves are turning colors and falling to the ground . The days are getting shorter and colder and its time to put away the deck furniture, lawn mower, dump the now dead flower baskets, mulch the gardens and prepare for winter. If I didn't love the fall so much, I'd hate this time of year for I know the cold weather that will descend upon us for the next five months. However, seasons remind me of the constant living momentum of creation and the design of God to use seasons to produce life and fruit.|
I'm grateful that God has given us seasons in our spiritual life as well. Fall seasons of harvest and a time to prune away dead and lifeless branches from our lives that steal future fruitfulness from us. Winter seasons that quiet us, cause us to be still and to draw nearer to Him for warmth and intimacy. The awakening of Spring and the bud of new life that begins to spring forth from previously trimmed and planted areas gives us excitement and expectation of what lay ahead. Then the warm of the sun filled days of summer that is filled with life, growth and propagation.
Whatever season you may find yourself in at this time is a good season with God. He is at work within you, patiently and perfectly tending you "so that you walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God." Colossians 1:10
What joy and expectation we can have knowing that He will accomplish His purposes for us in the season we are in and we can look forward to the next one in this constant flow of life.
Enjoying my Autumn!
St. Paul, MN
Church Multiplication Associates
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