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Monday, October 31, 2011

Autumn For Life

By Rick Woodall
    The fall colors will soon be filling our landscape with the beautiful reminder of what a great God we serve. Here in Michigan make no mistake about it. We are a four season State. There may be no mountain’s or deep valley’s but color is in. What a wonderful place to come visit in October. There are many festivities and cider mills that make your visit one you will remember.
    I love the fall of the year. The coolness in the air, the deep blue October sky and the touch of frost that calls an end to that which once was to bring on the new.
    My gift reminds me “before there can be a Spring, first must come Autumn.” Before all things can appear fresh and new the old must die. Before new life the old life must end.
    Our spiritual life takes on new meaning when we understand the objective of Autumn. In our lives we must be willing to experience a spiritual autumn. The old person must die to take on the new person. This is made possible through the plan of God found in the scriptures.
    “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” ‑ Romans 6:3‑6
    It is my prayer that you will come to that special moment in your life when the soul might experience a colorful Autumn and a refreshing Spring.
    “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” ‑ Rom 6:5‑6
    Before real life there is beauty in final moments that lead to rebirth.
    Have a great week.

- Rick Woodall is the minister for the Yorktown Road church of Christ in Logansport Indiana. His weekly devotional message, Life Thoughts, can be found through this address: 
http://mysite.verizon.net/yorktownroadchurchofchrist/

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