Guest Column: Fall

July 1, 1993

Guest Column: Fall

By Dr. Robert R. Kopp

It’s fall.

And all the leaves are falling in my yard.

I’ve been waiting for the winds to blow them into Bill, Bob, and John’s yards.

Some do.

Most don’t.

And just like last year, the job gets harder as I wait for it to blow away.

The dead leaves get wet and heavy and stick to the ground; suffocating the new life beneath.

Maybe that’s why there are so many bare and dead spots in my yard.

I waited too long.

Culpability’s reflection for the damage is in my mirror.

I can’t blame Bill, Bob, John, or the winds.

And the longer I wait this year, the harder it will be next year.

Yes, spring comes.

But it will be a lot easier if I rake now.

I think this is a metaphor.

I recall our Lord’s caution, “The Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit” (Matthew 21:43).

It’s fall.

Rake.

Dr. Robert Kopp is the pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church, Loves Park.

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