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SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE: Sundays at 11:00am | ADULT BIBLE STUDY: Wednesdays at 6:00pm

Kroc Holiday Hours

Christmas Eve (12/24): CLOSES at 2:00pm

Christmas Day (12/25): CLOSED

New Year's Eve (12/31): CLOSES at 2:00pm

New Year's Day (1/1): OPEN 7:00am - 12:00pm

The Beauty of Nature

As Fall’s crisp air encompasses us, I am reminded of the change the season represents. In the book, The Colors Of Fall, written by Jerry and Marcy Monkman, the Monkmans describe and celebrate this change through New England’s foliage season. The Monkmans share how several million people travel to New England to look at the red, yellow, brown, scarlet, gold, and bronze leaves. The authors write, “During the peak of this color display, it is easy to inadvertently hold your breath while taking in the sight of a landscape seemingly on fire, where the only smoke is a wisp of early morning fog.”

How breathtaking are the colors and diversity we see in nature? The trees are all different, yet similar; and we marvel at the beauty. It amazes me how so many can embrace the differences they see in nature, yet we still struggle with embracing each other in our country. With our country in a continued state of acceptance chaos, couldn’t we learn a lesson from the trees and those that marvel over the changing of the season? As we embrace and celebrate the differences in nature, let us do the same for our neighbor. Let us celebrate and embrace the differences we have. May we be a reflection of the nature we see around us. We are different, yet similar; and that is just OK.

During this Fall season, I challenge you to take a moment to embrace the beauty of nature we see around us. Yet, more importantly, embrace the beauty of differences between each other, remembering the ‘Golden Rule’ Jesus spoke of in Mark 12:31, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” We all look different and have different opinions. This is the way God intended us to be. Let us celebrate what makes us beautiful – our uniqueness.

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