Saturday, September 22, 2007

Saturday, 22 September 2007 - Leaves

Dear God:

Today, I am thankful for leaves.

You shall ask
What good are dead leaves
And I will tell you
They nourish the sore earth.
You shall ask
What reason is there for winter
And I will tell you
To bring about new leaves.
You shall ask
Why are the leaves so green
And I will tell you
Because they are rich with life.
You shall ask
Why must summer end
And I will tell you
So that the leaves can die.
~Nancy Wood

During our afternoon hike, I see that the leaves are already changing. Is it truly that time of the year?

As I slowly turn the calendar page, I say good-bye to summer and reluctantly welcome autumn. According to the book of seasons, the leaves now have permission to exchange their practical summer greens for radiant and extravagant gold and crimson robes.

Yes, it's time to celebrate the harvest and prepare for winter.

For this blessing, I am grateful.


Photo: Native sumac (relative of poison oak)

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