PREPARING TO MEET OUR GOD

1To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 

A time to be born, and a time to die . . . (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)

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Green leaves tinged red and yellow,

The air crisp in the evening walk,

This season of life before us;

Entering fall with expectancy,

A brilliance of color waiting

To explode in vibrancy around us;

And we, in the autumn of our lives,

 Hold onto that season before leaves fall.

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Fall back. Spring forward. The clocks are changed to manipulate time.

But seasons change as ordained by God. And the leaves will fall.

When the winter of our life comes upon us, will we have prepared to meet our Lord through the seasons of spring, summer, and fall? We cannot maneuver,  engineer, or mastermind the time we have left. We can’t “fall back” and try to stop the leaves from falling or the snow from coming.

A time to be born — a time to die. But there is that important dash, the life space of seasons in-between. These seasons of time are gifts from God. It is up to us if we grow, experience, change, and mature through them.

What will we do with this time allotted to us?

35 “ ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit Me.’  37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of Mine, you did for Me.’”  (Matthew 25:35-45)

 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.                     (2 Corinthians 5:10)

 What will I have done before this appointed time?

 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. . . (Hebrews 9:27)

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