Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day!
Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
Fluttering from the autumn tree…
Did you read “I Was Made For October? In that post I shared how October is my favorite month of the year and why. I communicated that the month of October would be to share prayers on my blog through the Psalms that “overflow [with] a living, dynamic relationship with the one true God who [hears] in the day of trouble” (H.O.T.C.). Psalm 50:15 says “and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me” (ESV). And yet October is the month that my first grandchild’s heart stopped beating in the womb at 7 weeks. It’s the month my first grandchild left his/her mother’s body after such a brief stay. And yet, that was the day the Lord had made, and even though we could not rejoice and be glad in the heartbreak of a life gone, we could rejoice and be glad for the day was “a day of trouble” that we could call upon our God and be delivered, bring him glory for what the heartbreak of “the day of trouble” taught us, and that it actually was a day that He drew us close to experience His comfort. Even though it was an intense sorrow, it wasn’t a sorrow without hope! “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13, [ESV]).
Dear Mighty Father, the heavens declare Your righteousness, and everything is yours. You alone are worthy to be Judge. Cause our hearts to turn to you in worshipful praise, and as William Cowper has said, “The dearest idol I have known, Whatever that idol be, Help me to tear it from thy throne, And worship only thee.” In Jesus Name, Amen.