Monday, September 23, 2013
One look outdoors reveals the natural changes that come with autumn. The nights become longer, skies clearer and stars brighter. Day after day the sun shines on leaves turning from green to limitless shades of red, gold and brown.
For me, autumn has always seemed like a change into a new year.
Perhaps this is because it begins with a celebration of my birth. I recall how I have grown in the past year . . . and move into a sense of wonder . . .
as I contemplate what my next year of life will hold.
And most of my autumns have meant going back to school – either as a student or a teacher. It's a season of starting again - learning new things. Come September it's all I can do to keep myself from signing up for a new class somewhere.
It's hard to think of fall without the smells of brand new crayons, school books and crisp fresh apples.
For me, autumn is a season to pause . . .
to celebrate the abundant, changing life all around me . . .
and discover new hope.
This beautiful autumn picture is by Mary Southard. Enjoy!