I’ve been fielding a lot of photo comments and requests over the past few days, so today I plan to include a short set of slides with a few fall images from this weekend.
I’m still walking around with my mouth hanging open, just enjoying the fall colors. All I can say to Florida is this: “Fall! It’s a great idea; you really should try it some time.”
OMG WEEKEND: But it’s been an “Oh My Goodness!” weekend all around. Friday evening with our Koinonia small group; Rebekah’s Saturday spiritual retreat with around 40 church leaders; Sunday morning’s worship services that left everyone tingling; then the privilege of hosting over 20 people for dinner in our home in the evening.
The best comment after church was this, from one of the ushers: “How wonderful to be scrambling to find extra chairs on ‘Commitment Sunday.’ This is a Sunday we’re used to seeing people stay away!”
So we re-covenanted as a church, looking forward into 2014, overflowing with belief and anticipation. Rebekah spoke on the amazing words from 2 Corinthians 1:
“For – as surely as God is faithful – in Jesus every one of God’s promises is a “Yes.” For this reason it is through him that we say the ‘Amen,’ to the glory of God. But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us, by putting his seal on us and giving us his Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.”
If this is just the first installment… well, all I can say is, “Look out!” Because – as surely as the fall colors captivate me – God is working his purposes out here in Wake Forest and it is, in all respects, a beautiful thing.
Peace, promise, love, and blessings – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.