always pay careful attention to the changing of the seasons, and I try to observe everything I can about nature. Now, as my summer nears its end, several more
trees have begun to make their transition from verdant summer greens
to the brilliant bronze colors of Autumn.
I have also been seeing more flocks of geese in the
sky. They've been crisscrossing over the prison enroute to the many lakes which
dot the county. I think
they may be trying to get their bearings down pat before they get
ready to make their long journey down south.
I addition, an ever increasing number
of ordinary sparrows now seem to be using the 30' triangular courtyard
outside my window as a meeting place. Beginning early in the mornings they gather in the concrete yard or on the rooftops of the buildings to start their music. I
could spend hours watching them as they bounce back and forth on
their little feet, then suddenly fly away as if being chased by
However, as August comes to a close,
I could thank the Lord not only for the lovely displays of His creation
that I could see from my window or from the prison's recreation
yards, but also for a very spiritually prosperous and productive
For God has afforded me many opportunities
to help the men and to share my testimony. But mostly I have been able to pray for them as well as give each man a word of encouragement from the Scriptures in the same way the Lord is always encouraging and strengthening me.
Nevertheless, I don't know how much longer I will be
on this earth. The Lord's coming for His children could be soon. Or perhaps this won't happen for many more years? But I want to be ready should
the "midnight cry" come today.
Yet while I am still on this earth I must give my heart
to Christ each day, because I know I fall short in many ways. I'm still working
on mortifying this lazy flesh that's so prone to sin.
And while my carnal desires will
never be completely eradicated in this lifetime, through the Holy
Spirit's help and His indwelling presence, I can live victoriously and not allow sin to rule in my body.
God is merciful.
The Messiah's plea is for people to repent. To turn from their sins and
turn to Him for forgiveness and salvation.
May I never cease from proclaiming the Gospel.
August 31, 2004