When the Leaves Turn Brown

Monday, June 26, 2006   4:00 a.m.

Dear Diary,

On Sunday morning our Pastor told this story.  There was a certain man whose job took him away from the family for months at a time.  Yes, he missed his family, but that was no problem when his son was a baby.  But when his son became old enough to miss him it became harder and harder for him to leave.  One time before leaving, his son said, “When will you be back Daddy?”  His father answered, “When the leaves turn brown, yellow and red.”  Everyday the little boy would wake up and run to the window to see if the leaves had turned brown, yellow and red.  But sadly, they stayed green.  Then one morning after a hard frost, the boy ran to the window as he did every morning, and much to his surprise the leaves had started to turn brown, and yellow and red.  Excited, he ran to his mother and said, “Daddy will be coming soon, won’t he mother?”  And his mother answered, “Yes son, soon.”  So shall the coming of the Son of man be.  Jesus said that there shall be signs in the sun, moon and stars.  And He said, “Behold the fig tree, and all the tress; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.” (Luke 21:29-30). “So like wise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” (Matthew 24:33).

Thought for Today: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13).

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