This is where we end up so many times when we're decorating for fall. Autumn often means bringing the outdoors in, and this is what we get - natural, neutral tones.
But that's not all fall is about.
Read Amos 1-4
You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Amos 3:2-3
Through the entire Old Testament, God had been faithful to the Israelites. In book after book, chapter after chapter, we read of His love, compassion and forgiveness when His chosen people strayed. There was never a doubt that He cared for them so much, and His blessings never ceased.
But in between the stories of love, redemption and forgiveness, we also read accounts of the necessary punishments for their sin. Those who were loved deeply and loved deeply in return also had to accept the consequences for the actions.
Here in Amos, the Lord reiterates His covenant with the Israelites, and then He reminds them that their iniquities will not go unpunished. The two of them, God and His chosen people, could not walk together if they weren’t agreed on this. That meant repenting and making peace with their Creator.
We have this same opportunity today. Where we have sinned, we can ask forgiveness. Where we have strayed, we can always return home. And where we have turned our back, we can now find peace with God and walk side by side with Him again.