Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

September. I love the change of seasons and Fall is one of my favorites. In Arizona, we don’t see much of a change in the hot temperatures until the end of the month. But, I took down the summer decorations yesterday and replaced them with pumpkins. As my little wooden decoration says, Pumpkin Everything. I fixed myself my first pumpkin spice latte this morning. And all baking for the foreseeable future will have pumpkin as an ingredient, to Mark’s consternation. I’m ready for a change.

This summer has been hard, in fact, the whole year has been. Fires are raging in California, masks and vaccinations are debated by heated parents and school administrators, Afghanistan has been completely evacuated, poorly in my estimation, hurricanes and flooding have destroyed the lives of both people and property.

Some of my family members are really struggling right now. Friends are making difficult decisions regarding jobs, family living situations, school demands. The prayer chain from my church lists those in the hospital for a variety of reasons–some improving and others worse. I have two new neighbors in my apartment building, one with two boys. Moving is never easy. Grocery stores have empty shelves. The news is never good.

I think we are all a little weary.

Yet, we are promised that we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up.

Don’t give up praying for those you love, those who lead, those in trouble, those who minister, and for yourself. I read a devotion by Rick Warren this morning that uses the five fingers on your hand to guide your prayers each day. Very good wisdom.

Thankfully, we only have to walk through today and what it brings. Tomorrow will come soon enough. God promises to give us what we need each day. We don’t have to worry or fret. He will meet our needs and will give us the harvest of our prayers.