Fall began last week. What a wonderful time of year. Kids are back to school, cool crisp air, football and soccer games, the leaves are beginning to change. What a wonderful time of the year. Upstate New York is truly a wonder of God with the changing seasons as pretty as they can be. The changing seasons are a natural wonder of this part of the country. God has shown us through the seasons how beautiful his world really is. Our whole world is a testimony to the power of creation from our great God. God truly has created such a fabulous world that we live in and we are amazed at his power and love.
All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.
I urge everyone to enjoy our fall season here. Look and see the wonderful colors of this beautiful season. Take a walk and enjoy the world God has made for your use. Enjoy his creation and, while you are at it, count the many, many blessings he has given to all of us. We as Americans have so many blessings living in this country. They say if you take time to count your blessings that you will be amazed at how our great God has treated you. You will be amazed at how many blessings he has showered you with. God continually blesses us throughout our lives.
The Twenty-third Psalm speaks of our blessings so very well: The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me besides quiet waters. He guides me along right paths for his namesake.
As you count your blessings, thank God for his creation and all he does for us. In our constant enjoyment of his blessings, we, as a people, we tend to forget the gratitude part of it. We consciously realize our blessings but don’t follow it up with a grateful heart. Many times, we fail to thank him for his many blessings.
Psalms 126:3 - The LORD hath done great things for us;
1 Thessalonians 5:18 - In everything give thanks.
He is a great God who loves every one of us and wants the best for each of us. Because of his great love he gives us the most precious gift-his son!! He loves us so much as it says in John: For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Jesus died on the cross for all of us because of God’s great love for us and as it says in John 15:3 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
His great gift of love is all too often passed over by many people. Pause and remember his great sacrifice for you. Talk to him every day about his great love for you. Grow closer to him and develop your own conversation with him.
May God Bless us all.
Father William Wright, Christ Episcopal Church.