“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
It’s fall, and God’s autumn handiwork surrounds us. I hope that you will enjoy this short essay I’ve created using the words of George Eliot and others.
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” (George Eliot) “A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made. The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air.” (Eric Sloane) “Fiery colors begin their yearly conquest of the hills, propelled by the autumn winds.” (Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata) “The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.” (Henry Beston) “For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.” (Edwin Teale) “I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.” (Nathaniel Hawthorne) “Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. What man can stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?” (Hal Borland) “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it”. (The Bible, Psalm 118:24)
Psalm 118 is itself a kind of autumn. It is the middle chapter in the Bible followed by Psalm 119, which like the long winter is the longest chapter in the Bible. As we enter fall, the season of Thanksgiving, Psalm 118 leads us there by beginning and ending with these words:
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”