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And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God."
- Revelation 21:3
For many people Fall is the time of year in which they think things enter into a decline. Coming from Ohio, one could expect colder weather clothes would be pulled out of storage and warm blankets placed on beds. The thermostat would shift from the a/c to the heater and grills would be placed into storage until spring had once again made her appearance. And of course, kids would be waiting for school buses while parents got back to their routines; the summer vacations were in the rearview mirror.
The church year doesn't technically start until December as we gear up with Advent for the Feast of Christmas; but for many of us in the church Fall can often be considered the real start of the church year. It is the time of year when new things are happening. New school years start, vacationers come home, and farmers begin plotting for the next season's harvest. The church enters into the newness of life as the old passes away. It is a season of new studies and activities as well as preparation for family, church, and community activities.
Through it all is God's promise to make everything new. We join with Him in the new experiences of our life and the new ways to reach out to neighbors. God's promise to make all things new does not have to begin when our lives are over. That promise is available to all of us right now if we are willing to listen and follow him.
So in the midst of the hectic daily life with school buses and work schedules, God's promise is calling to us. God's Kingdom is here on earth and we have the chance to live into it.