Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The last days of August were spent in Nebraska. Even then there were a few signs of one season passing to another. Though it may have been only one leaf on a whole plant, it foretold the chilly mornings and first flurries to come for the midwest autumn. In nature those things invite us to look forward to the harvest, settling in to enjoying big pots of warm soups, football games, and hot cider or hot chocolate.
The last handful of years has brought the thrill of a new generation going to a pumpkin patch to pick out the best one and take it home to carve. Those trips bring back memories of cold noses on hay rack rides, crisp caramel apples, and hikes through the woods; kicking up the piles of leaves in the path before us.
If you have been paying attention to the political and financial news of late you have no doubt heard the word, 'change' bantered about. Yes, the times, they are a changin'. The Wall Street mess sends us all invitations to be frightened and insecure. But I take some comfort in knowing that God already knows who will be the next leader of the free world, and what will happen to our economic future as a country. No matter the circumstances, God will not leave me. My fit spiritual condition depends on believing God has my hand and indwells my heart.
For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged,
for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.