|Posted on September 23, 2018 at 5:55 PM|
According to Google, Fall officially began at 9:54 PM last night. That would perhaps explain why, as I look outside this morning I see that my driveway is covered with leaves. (Then again, the Hurricane last weekend may have had something to do with it.) But I have seen a couple of leaves fall this morning and I believe that it is safe to say that they are a testimony of things yet to come.
Growing up, the fall was always one of my favorite times of year (along with Spring, Summer and Winter). It always marked the beginning of cooler weather and gave the promise of the soon coming of winter and the hope of snow. In farming communities, the fall is a time of reaping, of gathering in of the Harvest. It is the fulfillment of the hard work of spring and summer and it is a time to prepare for the cold winter months that are yet to come. Farmers work with the realization that their survival and the survival of their families very much depends upon their preparations. But, for most in our culture, it is simply marking the end of one season and the beginning of another. It is the time of year when the summer vacation season is over and the kids go back to school. It marks the return of the fall football season, and of course, what is new in the fall fashions. It remind us that Thanksgiving will soon be here and that the Christmas shopping season is on it’s way.
Ultimately, the first day of Fall simply marks the passing of time. One day has ended and another has begun. But on the other hand, there are those who point out the similarities between the seasons and the seasons of our life. In the spring of life we are young and full of life and wonder. Our adult years (the summer) are filled with the hard work of career and family. Then comes the fall of our lives, the time of reaping, a time of preparing for winter. For many of us, this is the season of life that we find ourselves in, but our lives are not over. We still have much to do, even if we are secure and prepared for winter it is our opportunity to help the next generation prepare. To help carry their burden - we can help them as others helped us. No, our lives are not over and the harvest is not complete and until the Lord of the Harvest calls us home, let us be busy in His fields.
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