The pumpkin patch

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There are hundreds of them!  Everywhere you look and in all shapes and sizes, there were pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins.  Parents pulling carts filled with carefully chosen pumpkins and children eagerly awaiting a chance for a hayride. It was a great day, filled with sunshine and the laughter of children.

As we walked further out into the open fields we could see pumpkins dotting the landscape for almost a half a mile in both directions. My husband suggested we take a walk and check out what others had neglected to choose to take home with them. From a distance we both commented, “what a shame that so many good pumpkins were going to waste.”  As we walked closer and reached down to move them, we could see that they had spots of decay hidden on the bottom.

Some were so big that we sat on them to take photos. Such a shame that they would be left to continue to rot and decay.  If only they had been picked sooner.Those pumpkins made me think of all the lost people in the world who are just living with sin, and rotting from the inside out.  As I looked across the open field and looked at all those pumpkins, I thought, “How sad, that so many people will die in their sin and never come to know the love and saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14

Oh how my heart aches, when I think of what we are all experiencing in this very day.  What is happening in our schools, government and families is just almost unbelievable.  How times have changed for the worse since my youth in the 1950’s!

May we all, with pleading prayer, humble ourselves this week and ask the Lord to hear our prayers and save our nation.  May we seek His face and elect men and women who will help restore Christian values to our land. So many still  need to hear the Gospel Message of salvation. Let us not stand silent.  Let us rescue our nation and continue to spread the Good News of salvation.  May our country take a step forward toward God and not continue to rot.

About this Guest Author

Jo Wilmer and her husband Bill have been married for over 30 years. Together they have taught under Child Evangelism Fellowship and neighborhood Bible studies.

In 2004, JoAnn began writing “We Travel Together,” a book aimed at encouraging and strengthening other women who were trying to live a godly life while facing all this world had to throw at them. A few months later, she and her husband were involved in a head on collision which turned their world upside down. Health issues, financial issues and emotional pressures all seemed to be hurled at them. After four and a half years of pain and pleading prayer, her prayers were answered and relief from pain was almost total. Finally, in 2012 she finished the book which she felt led to write. Now more than ever, she desires to reach the lost and hurting women who are searching for relief. Relief found only through Jesus Christ.

In 2005, she created her website, “M” Words, an outreach to those hurting women. Her passion is to draw sister’s in Christ closer, to make them more aware of the hurting women around them and of those who still need to be rescued by the saving grace of Christ. You might also enjoy JoAnn’s ebook “We Travel Together”, you can order it at

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