The Orange Glow of Fall

Special Note to my Followers

Hello Friends, based on messages from some of you, you will find both the written and verbal posts. While they are not exact, they are very close. As you move down the post, the Scripture is next. Following that, the Thirty Days of Gratitude calendar. Next you will find the video and that followed by the written manuscript. Again, neither the manuscript or the video may be part of the post every day but I will make every effort to do so. Thanks for following my blog and invite others you think might enjoy it. Keith

Scripture Reading – Psalm 1:1-3

How happy is the man
who does not follow the advice of the wicked
or take the path of sinners
or join a group of mockers!
Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction,
and he meditates on it day and night.
He is like a tree planted beside streams of water
that bears its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
(Psalm 1:1-3, Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Thirty Days of Gratitude Calendar

The Orange Glow of Fall (Video)

The Orange Glow of Fall (Manuscript)

When I was a kid, summer was my favorite season every year. The why is really pretty basic for kids. No School!!!

When we reach a point in life that there is no more formal school at all, things change. I remember back to my Navy days and listening to guys from other parts of the country talk, “I want to see the seasons change.” Or, “There should be four distinct seasons.”

Still in the mind-set of “Summer is best,” my response usually went something like, the only reason fall and spring are good is, it isn’t quite so hot in the fall and it isn’t so cold (as if a southeast Texas boy really knew what cold was, though I would learn before long) as winter. But, really, its all about summer. Or, at least so I said back then.

Virginia summers weren’t quite as hot as Texas summers. When we first moved to Norfolk, our next door neighbors (they were from Ohio) told us all about how hot it was in Norfolk in the summer (it was about this time of year when we arrived there). We told them, we are from Texas, we are used to hot summers. They responded by telling us, “This is different because it is so humid.” We then said, we were from the Texas Gulf Coast. Heat and humidity, is there anything else that could be said about Texas summers? Well, yeah there is, but the subject of hurricanes never was part of that conversation.

That first fall we didn’t see much in the way of fall colors. That part of the season we were still in Florida. The next year Cindy saw some, but I was in Europe for a big part of the year. And, being in the Navy, I saw port cities and not much of the countryside.

My third fall in the Navy, I was in Philadelphia during the week but between bus rides most weeks back to Norfolk, and just some of the trees in and around Philadelphia, I saw my first real fall.

And, while pretty, I have to tell you, I prefer spring. In the fall, everything seems to be dying. but in the spring, it is all coming back to life. I prefer the coming back to life time of year.

Now that I live in East Texas I think I see more of the fall color change than at any point in my life. One day last week I told you about taking a ride through the East Texas countryside. Fall was absolutely in the air. There was some change in the leaves on the tree.

The change in colors here is not as dramatic as many other places like, New England perhaps. I’m not sure how many evergreens are part of the foliage up there. I tend to doubt that it is more than East Texas. This region is often referred to as, “The East Texas Piney Woods.” We tend to have more pine trees. Pine needles tend to be in two colors, green while on the tree, brown when lying dead on the ground.

Every year, during the month of November, I try to make the month all about giving thanks to God for all the blessings I have. I have long believed that having one day to express our thanks to God is not enough. Really, it isn’t even close. And really, every day should be a minimal Thanksgiving. There is ALWAYS something for which to be thankful. Part of our prayer everyday should be Thanksgiving to God.

That being said, when I decided to expand Thanksgiving I came to realize, having the full month to think about it, I remembered more stuff for which I needed to express my gratitude.

This year, as part of expressing thankfulness for one day, and while we should express thanks everyday, let’s take it a day at a time. Over the remainder of November let’s be thankful.

To that end, I created a calendar for 30 Days of Thankfulness. You can find it at the top of this written portion of the post. Each day you will find a focus for that day. Today is, “The Beauty of Fall.” Over the course of this month, much of the time, my blog post will be, at least partially the subject of that day’s blog post. The picture for that day will either be something I took or something I found that illustrates the importance of what we have and even more, the importance of saying thank you.

As for you, take a picture of something for which you give thanks that follows the day’s theme. Then you can email them to the church, or you can bring them by the church or give them to Susan Teekel. Some will be part of each week’s PowerPoint and all will be displayed around the church.

Please take a moment to say thank you to God for your blessings and then share those blessings with your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Just as a heads up, tomorrow, being election day, our focus is on being thankful for the right to vote.

I have already voted. How about you? If you haven’t done so already, remember tomorrow – GO VOTE!

Be blessed.

Seeking the Genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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