Word from Our Pastor 9/22/2017

“Forest, Autumn Forest, Colorful, Trees, Leaves, Autumn,” digital image, Pixabay, 2017,

In case you are not aware, the first day of autumn (or fall) was Friday September 22, 2017. It
marks the beginning of a new season with changes in the air. For some, autumn is a season of
melancholy, sadness, and loss. Leaves are falling from the trees and will pile up along the sidewalks, on
the streets, in your backyards, and almost everywhere. What do we have to look forward to except a
depressing, dead, and cold winter that follows?
With all the different things going on in America and in the world today—Hurricane Harvey,
Irma, Maria, the earthquakes in Mexico, the wildfire in southern California and Oregon, and the current
state of the country where racism is overtly accentuated—while the world is threatened with possible
nuclear war, it almost feels as if the world is drifting into the hopelessness of autumn.
Do not be downhearted and dispirited, there is hope! If you turn away from these depressing
thoughts and look at it from another point of view, you will see how beautiful autumn is. Before the
leaves fall from the branches of the tree, they change color and display mesmerizing beauty. It is as if
God is painting a beautiful picture in which the world is a giant canvas and the trees with their colorful
leaves are the main objects in God’s masterpiece. God is an artist who uses the colors of red, yellow,
orange, green, brown, and many others to paint the leaves and nature with their various colors. If you
haven’t had a chance to witness this sight, go to a national park or a place where there are many trees
and you will see what a marvelous scenery it is.
All the dead leaves will eventually fall but once they settle on the ground, moisture from the air,
the morning dew and the rain with the aid of the bacteria will cause them to degrade and become
fertilizer for the soil. In due time, new grass and new plants will sprout.
Before Jesus was betrayed, he predicted his death. He says in John 12:24, “Very truly I tell you,
unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it
produces many seeds.” Perhaps we cannot see the blessings of God in the midst of all the problems and
troubles, but God is doing something in our community and in our lives. Through all these tragedies,

people are coming together to help each other in the aftermath of the hurricanes and the earthquakes.
People are bringing supplies to those in need and many are coming together to rebuild the community.
Meanwhile, the call for justice is proclaimed loudly and clearly in our nation where many are
gathered together to fight against the unjust sufferings of those who are discriminated against and who
are being marginalized.
There is hope in the midst of suffering. In the hand of the Lord Almighty, there is always hope!

“Leaves, Fall, Grass, Fall Leaves, Autumn,” digital image, Pixabay, 2017,

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