Autumnal leaves

Day 277 I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise,

There is a change afoot!

The leaves have sensed this change and are starting to make progress for their seemingly death and rebirth into new colour for the new spring.

Is the church in much the same position?

Perhaps you have sensed it. The old ways are not acceptable, not just to carry on in the normal “this is how it has always been”. Our faith is on the line and many are responding to this call, God’s call to change – but many are just hearing this word and are choosing to see if they can just ride the wave. Hold onto some debris and hope they will make it to the boat. We have to take risk and reach out, to put in effort to swim, to grasp onto the door handle and pull it open.

When a child starts to mature and starts to question what they are doing, why there are people just turning up and no one is talking about their faith, then they start to question. When worship doesn’t look like worship but looks more like ceremony then there are problems.

We must be ready to give an account of our faith in its truest forms and we must deliver this with a hope in our heart that the Holy Spirit will guide us. We must worship with emotion, not an emotionless exercise. It gladdened my heart that there are still a few out there, when someone walks past singing to the lord like they are at a football game, that gladdens my heart. I was encouraged to sing out my heart, even to songs I never heard of, but they had significance in their words.

This morning I was humbled by someone who had spent his childhood scraping his knuckles and creating excuses not to write so they would not be labelled as thick or as a slow learner, when in fact he was dyslexic. He was constantly being labelled as thick. This connected with my youth.

There is a change afoot and the leaves will fall off. But the trees will bud again new in the spring, and there is fruit for all that should seek it in the coming months. Reach out and grasp the fruit of life, it is being offered by Jesus. Reach out with all your spirit and turn to the creator of the universe.

Let your soul reach for the Lord every day.

BOOK TWO: Psalms 42—72

Yearning for God in the Midst of Distresses

42 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?”

When I remember these things,
I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go with the multitude;
I went with them to the house of God,
With the voice of joy and praise,
With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.

Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.

O my God, my soul is cast down within me;
Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan,
And from the heights of Hermon,
From the Hill Mizar.
Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
And in the night His song shall be with me—
A prayer to the God of my life.

I will say to God my Rock,
“Why have You forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a breaking of my bones,
My enemies reproach me,
While they say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”

11 Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.

Amen

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