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A Tree Planted by Rivers of Water

What a delightful Sunday morning! The weather was crisp and beautiful. Not a cloud in the sky and the slightest breeze. Do I ever love fall! We opened the windows and doors to help air out and cool the buildings and saved money on the air conditioner bill! It was good to be in God’s house with you His people!
I read Psalm 1 during the opening of our morning service and spoke about verse three: ‘And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.’ There is a pecan tree down by our creek that is probably seventy five feet tall. It has been a very healthy tree not more than fifty feet from Cat creek on our property. About three years ago an infestation of Beaver took over our creek and we lost numerous small trees and a few larger ones. One night the beavers decided to take down that pecan tree and chewed the bark off of two thirds of the circumference of the tree…it has had devastating effects. The tree has survived so far, but is continuing to deteriorate. No pecans on it, thin leaves and dead limbs are falling off. I likened this tree to some of God’s towering trees… ‘planted by the rivers of water
There are many enemies of the pecan tree…some unseen like the pecan borers. Other enemies are visible like the beavers. I have learned from living that to be healthy is a blessing and to keep healthy takes much labor and watching. I warned us all Sunday morning to watch out for critters that attack with the single purpose of taking us down. That is what I believe God meant when He added Hebrews 13:17 to His Word: ‘Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.’ I have recommitted my task of watching as your pastor. I hope that my ‘watching for your souls’ will make me a better pastor and your lives in Christ more secure.
I believe God’s Word is true. I believe God makes the difference in those of us who serve Him when we hear and obey His commands. Thank you for allowing me into your home and heart.
Bro. Wayne