Autumn could seem a gloomy and depressing season.

Autumn could seem a gloomy and depressing season. Summer has passed, with all its long days, warmth and fun. Ahead we might only see long dark nights with wet and dreary days in between. Yet God in His wisdom gave us so much to be thankful for at this time of year! Many of our crops are now filling our stores – crisp apples and pears, summer berries (now frozen) and root crops. As plants die back we have the opportunity to have a good clear up, move things around, rethink for next year. And throughout the country, God paints the trees with a myriad of stunning colours – their final artistic flourish before their winter rest. Personally, I love autumn. Crackling wood fires, warming stews, crisp country walks stomping through leaves. After a busy summer it’s a welcome opportunity to stop and take stock of what has been and what is still to come. A time to thank God for all He has done and look forward to all He promises to do. I am reminded of a passage in God’s Word in Ecclesiastes 3 which says: There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot… a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh… a time to embrace and a time to refrain… a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend… …God has made everything beautiful in its time… I know that everything God does will endure for ever… God does it so men will revere Him.’ (v1-14, NIV) So, God has made Autumn beautiful and He asks us to turn to Him and fear Him. pershore-bible

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