Rose petals are scattered, battered by the rain. That which gives life anew must first cycle the old.
1Th 4:13 But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that fall asleep; that ye sorrow not, even as the rest, who have no hope.
1Th 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
1Th 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we that are alive, that are left unto the coming of the Lord, shall in no wise precede them that are fallen asleep.
1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first;
1Th 4:17 then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1Th 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
An old toad of an oak leaf makes way for new life. The old nourishes the young. Don't we all want to make the next generation healthy and strong and perhaps better than our own? It is our job to shelter them and to train them in the way of life.
Exo 33:18 And he said, Show me, I pray thee, thy glory.
Exo 33:19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and will proclaim the name of Jehovah before thee; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.
Exo 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face; for man shall not see me and live.
Exo 33:21 And Jehovah said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon the rock:
Exo 33:22 and it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand until I have passed by:
Exo 33:23 and I will take away my hand, and thou shalt see my back; but my face shall not be seen.
A walk with my daughter at the park after sundown was illuminated by a full moon. It was hidden beneath the clouds for a while. We waited to see it rise and to light the way.
Isa 66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith Jehovah, so shall your seed and your name remain.
Isa 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith Jehovah.
A burned out tree reminds me of the shape of the statue of liberty. What is the shape of freedom in our country? Prayer is greater than politicians. Let us pray and repent for our nation. Also we should pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Psa 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: They shall prosper that love thee.
Psa 122:7 Peace be within thy walls, And prosperity within thy palaces.
Psa 122:8 For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.
Psa 122:9 For the sake of the house of Jehovah our God I will seek thy good.