As the leaves turn and fall, so too shall we fall into death. But it shall not be an ending – but a slumber in anticipation of spring when Christ returns to awaken those who sleep in Him. Then like the flowers of spring time we shall rise up to greet the warmth of new life and embrace our Lord and Savior. Thus it is thanks to the sacrifice our Lord made on the cross, which conquered death. For He was the lamb that was slain so sins could be forgiven and the sting of death could be destroyed. Those who believe this shall never know death. Praise be to God. Amen.