Why I Love Fall

As I write this, on Tuesday, the forecast for this weekend is a bit cooler with a good chance of rain. So as you are reading this, I pray it is to the sight and sound of rain falling outside your window. I love fall. It is my favorite time of the year. Football is in full swing. October brings candy corn and great, old black & white “horror” movies on t.v. I’m not a fan of the slasher movies of the last few decades. I prefer my scary movies with Hitchcock, Karloff or Lugosi. A misty ambience beats guts & gore in my opinion.

Then in November we have the time change, when we set our clocks back an hour (November 3rd this year, in case you’re wondering). I welcome the time change both in the spring and fall. In the spring setting our clocks forward ushers in longer days to enjoy the outside a bit longer. In the fall, eating supper with the people you love when it’s already getting dark outside just seems cozier to me.

Then comes the greatest holiday of all, Thanksgiving. It was my dad’s favorite holiday. I’m sure that’s one reason it is my favorite as well. A time when we acknowledge our God as the giver of all good things (James 1:17).

Do you love fall? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Brad Fry

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In Everything Give Thanks?

“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Surely when Paul wrote these words he was exaggerating, right? There are some situations and circumstances where we can’t possibly find anything to give thanks for, aren’t there? Consider these words by the great 18th century preacher and scholar Matthew Henry, entered in his diary after he was robbed, “Let me be thankful first because I was never robbed before; second, although they took my purse, they did not take my life; third, because, although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, and not someone else.”

         I think in Henry’s words, especially in that last part, we can see the secret to being thankful in everything: it is to be less focused on ourselves and what happens to us and more focused on others and what happens to them. Paul said it like this, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3,4). In Romans 12:15 he wrote, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”

         Believers, who, in everything give thanks, see opportunities for serving others instead of focusing on their own problems. They have an “others” focus. They may not have two nickels to rub together but they’ve got a kind word to those who need to hear it. These folks are able to go to bed at night, with thanksgiving in their hearts, because God has blessed them with people to serve.

Brad Fry

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