The turning of seasons from summer to fall brings about some refreshing change. Not that the summer months didn’t provide beautiful days and warmer temperatures to experience the outdoors, the season must certainly did. But, summer to fall brings about some additional and pleasant opportunities that can be observed and felt, such as the beauty of colorful leaves, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, a mix of warmer and cooler mornings, days, and evenings, and the anticipation of two approaching holidays – Thanksgiving and Christmas. The fall season certainly ushers in much change!
As Christians, we take time to enjoy God’s creation and the beauty each season brings. And, as Christians, we give thanks to God for His creation and for claiming us to be His own dear children. His glorious Hand and love for us are evident in more than His creation though.
At our baptisms, God brought us into His family. He planted in our hearts and souls the gift of faith. What great change our faith continues to bring about in us as we daily confess our sins and receive forgiveness, changing from that Old Adam to New Adam daily. Baptism is a washing of our rebirth all because of God’s mercy and grace.
As Christians, we can take solace knowing God has given to us two other gifts that bring about extraordinary change – His Word and Holy Communion. We seek His Word and partake in His body and blood for strength. We take great comfort and joy in knowing that each time we study His Word or partake in His body and blood we grow closer to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
As Christians, we know we are saved, “not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3: 5-7). What comfort these passages bring to Christians.
Let me encourage you to take time to discuss God’s Word, meshing your Christian faith into your lessons. Allow me to remind you and your students to give thanks and praise to their Heavenly Father for every perfect and good gift, rejoicing together as redeemed and restored people through Jesus, our Risen Lord and Savior.
May God grant you and your students a wonderful Reformation!