Today is another beautiful day in Indiana. The sun is shining and the tree leaves have begun falling. The ground is being gently covered with the colors of orange, yellow, and brown. This is my favorite time of year. I recall racing home through the falling leaves to grab an after school snack. Then we’d rush back out to play with neighborhood friends.
As the days grew shorter, it would soon be getting dark and Mom would call us in for supper. We knew to be close to home as the evening sun began to fade from the sky. The warm glow of house lights were a reminder to us that someone was waiting for us at home.
I do not like coming home to an empty house. My heart is heavy for those people who face coming home to an empty home each day.
In the closing chapter of Ezekiel we are told something wonderful about the city of God. Ezekiel describes the gates of the city and then he tells us the name of the city that is to come:
“And the name of the city from that time on will be: ‘The LORD Is There.’ ”
The Bible has many promises for the child of God. One of the grandest is to know God has prepared a place for me where the warm glow of the lights of home always shine. There will be trees growing bringing forth fruit for food. The leaves will never whither and there will be healing for the nation in those leaves (Revelation 22:2). The best news of all is “The LORD is there.”
One of the saddest truths is that many people will miss that promise. There will be no warm glow of eternal light. There will be no healing for them and worst of all, the Lord will not be there. I’ll bet you know some people who are heading for a dark and lonely eternity.
As you watch the leaves fall this year, let me encourage you to do several things. Begin by giving thanks to our Father in Heaven who has lovingly prepared a place for you and is even now awaiting your arrival. Allow the colors of fall to be a reminder of the beauty of Heaven. Maybe you will want to start a leaf collection listing a promise of God with each leaf that you collect. Then be sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit as He directs you to share the wonderful news of God’s plan of salvation. This is a great time of year to invite people to church. Continue to pray for unsaved family and friends.
May God’s richest blessing be upon your home.
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Pastor Bob is a dedicated pastor with a passion to share the love of God with neighbors and around the world. The verse that has guided and shaped his call to ministry is Psalm 16:11, “You will make known to me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
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