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A Prayer for New Life
By Dick Woodward
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” - (Psalm 19:1-2)
At the end of summer we approach the threshold of the explosion of beautiful fall colors. While you enjoy the explosion of color this year consider the words God speaks to us every fall.
Since that beautiful color is produced by the death of those leaves, the word God is speaking to many of us is that death can be beautiful. In many ways the most beautiful reality you and I encounter in our three or four score years on earth is the death of our Lord Jesus Christ that makes it possible for us to experience salvation and enter heaven.
Paul tells us the Gospel is that Christ died so we might live and now it is our turn. We must die so Christ might live through us (Galatians 2:20). That means our death to ourselves can be beautiful.
Every spring our God speaks another word to us. That word is seen through all the resurrection around us as we see black trunks and branches of trees we thought were dead sprout to life and bloom.
The Latin root meaning of rehabilitation is “to invest again with dignity.” Do we have the faith to believe God can bring to life that which we thought was dead? Let’s apply that thought to our own life, to the lives of our children, and to secular people we know and love.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the joy and wonder of the autumn season. As we spend this time with friends and family, help to remember the many blessing you have bestowed upon us. As we reflect on the end of the harvest time, help us remember that you are in the business of bringing life out of death. Thank you that death does NOT have victory over us, and that spring will always come again. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Editor’s Note: The following is an abridged version of Words God Speaks Through Nature by Dick Woodward. To read the full devotional, follow this link.