The Miracle of Fall

I am in awe these day about the season of Fall. As our days get shorter and t-shirts are replaced by sweatshirts, along with warm temperatures chlorophyll disappears. This is what allows the brilliant yellow pigments that have been masked by chlorophyll show up. There is a sugar that increases at this time to, bringing out the reds.

There are so many things that go on when the seasons change. I marvel at the colors, feel the wind sometimes warm sometimes refreshing and cool. I wish that it could last – that winter would not come. I wish – and this is what I say to the crossing guard when he comments about the weather – that this could be our winter.

Amazing too is how all of nature prepares adapts as the circumstances change. A tree’s roots, branches and twigs can endure freezing temperatures, but most leaves are not so tough. On a broadleaf tree — say a maple or a birch — the tender thin leaves, made up of cells filled with water sap, will freeze in winter. Any plant tissue unable to live through the winter must be sealed off and shed to ensure the tree’s survival.

So for many trees to survive winter, they must let their leaves go. We get to rake! All this reflection brings me to this…

I love…
…the way the leaves on the tree in our front yard fill our living room window with brilliant colors.
…the way the wind blows. That is must for the leaves to take flight.
…playing football in the back yard with the boys.
…walking by homes of neighbors, praying for them and hearing the rustling of the leaves under my feet.
…leaf piles to jump in. I even like raking!
…pumpkins AND fresh flowers at the farmers market.
…pumpkin patches and petting zoos, hayrack rides and carmel apples.
…fire pits and how we smell after sitting around a fire with friends.
…the Bears are winning again!
…yelow, orange, red against the blue sky.
It’s fabulous!

“Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light”
-James 1:17

The Miracle of Fall

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