“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower” Albert Camus
“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering fluttering from the autumn tree” Emily Bronte
” I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” L.M Montgomery
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all of the seasons” Jim Bishop
“Delicious autumn! my very soul is wedded to it. If I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns” George Eliot
I can’t help myself. I am curled up on the couch drinking green tea wishing it were apple cider.
How can one be in love with a season? My question is how can you not??
acorns, apple cider, fog, leaves, boots, scarves, hats, candy corn, hot cocoa, pumpkins…
the crisp in the air and the crunch under toe…
autumn for me marks the beginning of the holiday season, in that in the its the START line for a the next few months of visiting missed family.
Forget the gifts, the christmas shopping, the falling leaves tell me soon I’ll be sitting around a table full. Full of laughter, shouts, goodness… perhaps the gift of joy.
When does the holiday season begin for you?
What if you don’t have a full table and family that misses you?
What if you see fall as just another season, another counter to add to the fast-slow frantic pace of this life? What if your heart doesn’t swell over the thoughts of pumpkins and christmas serves only to remind you of an empty wallet, you don’t have to feel so alone.
My heart goes out to you, you beautiful woman that grows tired of the peppiness and pinterest projects. The one who smiles on the outside and longs to smile on the inside.
As I travel that sometimes lonely road with you, let me breath some truth for both of us.
Deuteronomy 32:10: In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye.
… apples they are everywhere right now. Maybe you are even drinking one right now?
1 Peter 5:6-7 (KJV) Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
.. Casting all you care. Oh how many things you are caring about right now…
John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world
.. We can overcome the stresses of the holidays and the perfectly decorated homes of our loved ones, we can overcome so much more that the days ahead, big or small. I was once told that it we shouldn’t undermine the greatness of God by having small dreams. My friends may we dream big, big enough to have a heart that is a home to the fruits of the spirit, a home to peace.
My friends, may we dream to be apart of His plan.
May we seek peace and find it in the leaves of the ground.
Leaf, gets its origin from and old germanic world leup* – to peel off, to break off. May we be reminded in times of joy springing full and when its hiding that we are surrounded by Him. Our good Creator is peeling off, breaking off leaves from the trees for winter, he is ordering place and time. He may be trying to peel you off from somewhere? Maybe it is a painful peel or an easy break and slow float to the ground.
I am reminded that as Jacob, Jesus calls me His.
If I am His, the apple of His eye then my cares big and small belong to Him. The victor who overcame the world.
Peace it can be found in the peeling off, the breaking apart, the changing of seasons, the bottom of a mug. I pray where ever you call home it finds you full of peace tonight. I Pray that you take heart in a God who is painting for you a spectacular show in the coming weeks, autumn.