Rev. Ray's October 20, 2021 Devotion
October 20, 2021, 8:57 AM

“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10

It is cool this morning. The leaves are falling, and a new day is yawning and stretching with the dawn. I love this time of the year. The sights, sounds, and smells of autumn can be great therapy to the soul, and we do need to clear our head of a lot of things.

I have an old record recorded by our high school biology teacher and a friend of his (over fifty years ago). It is a Blue Grass tune that I keep singing in my head: “It’s Autumn Time Again in the Alleghany Hills.” Years ago, some of the folks would sometimes come to our house in Pearisburg to “Make Music.” They made a lot of memories for a kid who was listening in. They were good people who worked around town in various capacities, yet their music and laughter blended as one.

My mind keeps hearing another Blue Grass song, “Fallen Leaves Lie Scattered on the Ground.” It is a good ole mountain way of reminding us of what we forgetfully know: the time for friendship, kindness and lending a helping hand is now while the leaves of life are green. The last verse is a prayer that is worth the praying. “Lord let my eyes see every need of every man; Let me stop and always lend a helping hand then when I’m laid beneath that mossy ground; There’ll be more friends around than leaves upon the ground.”

We have a neighbor who visits almost daily with a couple of roses from his rosebush. He brings them to Pat, and she puts them in a vase. There is a saying that we have heard most of our life: “Give someone roses while they can smell them.”

Today’s text reminds us to do good while we have opportunity. We also remember that in this life we reap what we sow. How are we doing in the fields of friendship and kindness?

Grace and Peace, Rev Ray

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