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“. . . always give thanks to God the Father for everything . . . “

Ephesians 5:20

Fall is finally here!  The leaves on the trees are turning from muted shades of green to brilliant splashes of orange, yellow and red.  All around us signs of winter are quickly approaching.  The animals are getting their winter coats.  The grass has quit growing quite so fast.  The leaves are falling in abundance off the trees.  Even the squirrels are chasing after acorns and pecans so they might have their pantries full as “Old Man Winter”  slowly casts his shadow over the next few months.

I think fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year.  This past weekend I had the opportunity to travel from the Springs into the Sangre Mountains.  As we traveled along the winding highway into the mountains, vistas of fall foliage burst into view almost as if a painter had splashed onto the landscape brilliant hues of orange and yellow. 

As I glanced through the bursts of color and falling leaves I became aware of something that seemed to be hidden during the spring and summer months.  Standing proud and tall among a particular group of trees strutting their fall plumage I saw a single stately, yet faithful evergreen.

All the deciduous trees remain dormant and bare during the winter months.  Their foliage changes with the changing seasons, but these pine trees we know as evergreens remain green even during the most severe winter weather. 

These trees are always green despite changes in the weather around them.  They remain green in the scorching summer heat.  They remain green in the blusterous cold of winter.  They remain green all year-long despite freezing temperatures and long dry spells. In the midst of drought, they are green.   The grass withers and the flowers fade, but these trees stand “ever-green.”

This visual picture reminded me that a Christian’s life should also be characterized by an enduring thankfulness that is unaffected by the seasons of change around us.  When the heat of a pressured week or the deadly cold of pain strikes us, we should remain  “ever-green.”  Through seasons of sadness and sorrow or when the dryness of exhaustion confronts us, we should remain “ever-green.”  Even in the midst of the scorching heat of confrontation we should be “ever-green.”

Paul in writing to the Ephesian Church told them to “always give thanks to God the Father for everything.”  We too should remain thankful, regardless of changes occurring around us.

Those trees are rooted in soil that sustains them and holds them firmly in place, so too, should a Christian be rooted and built up in Christ Jesus, strengthened in the faith . . . and overflowing with thankfulness (Colossians 2:6-7) – “ever-green.”

Are you a believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?  Then let those evergreens you see in the fall foliage around you today remind you to be thankful for everything no matter what time of life you find yourself in.  Remember that you are God’s “evergreen” in a world full of seasons of change.

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