Balmy temperatures greeted me as I stepped outside my front door.  Despite the calendar assuring me it is the 4th of December the thermometer outside rose higher than the one inside.  I took advantage of the beautiful late fall day and picked up my rake.  I swung the rake back and forth for about an hour and soon had three huge piles of leaves.  But, despite the fact that I have spent several hours this fall raking the yard, a multitude of leaves still remain on the ground. 

The leaves remind me of the text 1 Corinthians 13:8, “Love never ends…”  No matter how often I rake,  leaves still stubbornly remain on  the ground.  They have a purpose though.  They will break down and provide nutrients to the soil and the plants and trees that grow in it.  The cycle continues, the trees grow more leaves and drop them again, they nourish the soil and provide the nourishment to grow more leaves. 

My life can represent the same cycle when I allow the love of God into my life.  When I share His love with others, it continues to spread and create more love.  The nutrients in the love of God nourish my soul, I share it with others and they share it even further.  Other things will end, but the love of God endures forever.

 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
    for His steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods,
    for His steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
    for His steadfast love endures forever;                                                   Psalm 136:1-3