A Season coming to its end

A Season Coming to its end by Rebecca Maloney

While I didn’t get my entire garden planted this year I have done some containers of tomatoes and peppers. My peppers never did anything this year but my tomatoes look fantastic! They are still very green and needing to be covered and protected each night now.
For me it is always sad to see fall approaching. It seems like everything dies off and then gets cold. Gardening and the Bible have taught me to appreciate all of the seasons- even my least favorite ones.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Trusting God makes it easier to see fall approaching and know that God has a plan. I may not know His plan, but I trust the Creator in all of His infinite wisdom. So I will cover my tomatoes and trust that because we have another fall season it will progress through and bring to us another lovely spring. My goal is to be ready and able to plant and tend a garden next year.
This ‘growing’ season has been spent on growing our church and a new business for my daughter and I. It has also been spent fertilizing the spiritual life that God has blessed me with. It has been a fruitful year in many ways. God is blessing our efforts with growth here at church. Serving our church inspires me greatly.
I am looking forward to the new seasons in our lives and the adventures we will experience. I am grateful for friends who enjoy these cooler seasons and give me new eyes to see them through! From colorful leaves to snowmen we will find smiles, warm tea and love for one another.
May this new season warm your heart and home in ways that are fun, exciting and full of God’s love and presence!

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Labor Day

LABOR DAY: WHAT IT MEANS
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement & is dedicated to the social & economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, & well-being of our country.
LABOR DAY LEGISLATION
Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 & 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, & New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, & Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, & on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia & the territories.

I find it fascinating that each culture through the years has enacted “Laws” for holidays. Is it so hard to bow to God & celebrate His Holy Days? They were given for celebrations, fun & rest. Why must we ‘invent’ our own? We say that we speak where the Bible speaks & we are silent where the bible is silent. Jesus partook in the Celebration Feasts & gave us examples to follow.
This is not say that I mind ‘extra’ holidays. I need the rest & relaxation too. I just pray we can incorporate God’s Holy Days into our lives and experience what God wanted us to experience!