I Would Lief Them Alone

Autumn is usually one of my favourite times of the year. I enjoy the fresh crispness of the air, especially after a long hot summer. There is also the autumn produce such as apples and squash in abundance. However there is one thing about autumn that I would lief (gladly) leaf alone if I could.

Can you guess what I writing about? Perhaps you enjoy it (not) as much as I do — raking leaves. This morning I was out raking leaves and it looks as though I am going to have about seven bags, and that is only my side yard. Last year I lost count at somewhere around thirty bags, and that is nothing compared to what some people have told me about the number of bags they have collected.

However, since I find that raking leaves to be a pretty mindless task, I find raking to be an excellent opportunity to pray or think about Scripture (perhaps some you have read and are try to figure out), or maybe you use it for a time to just think.

Most of the time I concentrate on the raking, want to get it done so I can get on to more important matters. But I found myself thinking about why we have to rake at all. It is so our houses won’t look messy and the leaves won’t rot on our lawns. Rotting leaves can do all kinds of damage to lawns, which I won’t go into at this point.

The question that I have for you is this: do you have rotting leaves in you life that you need to do something about?  Perhaps you have unconfessed  sin in your life, something that has been rotting in your soul for a long time and you may want to get rid of it, but don’t know how to do so. The process is fairly simple. The Scriptures tell us “If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.” (1 John 1:9, The New Living Translation) All you need to do is ask, surrender and believe, then you can know without a doubt that you are a child of God.

Now its back to laking the reaves — uh, I mean raking the leaves.

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About faithfullyhis

My name is Charles Quail and I am a retired Baptist pastor who lives in Dunnville,a small town southeast of Hamilton, Ontario. I also write a weekly column for our local newspaper, The Sachem. It is a column that I have been writing for about eight years. I am married and have two grown daughters. My best buddy was my dog Max, who is now chasing bunny rabbits in sky. I miss him terribly. My reason for wanting to write a blog is friends have told me that this is the next logical step in my writing career. My hope and prayer is that many will be both challenged and blessed by what I write.
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