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Just Because it is Autumn

posted by Susan Dominikovich on ,

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I envy those cultures which have many different words for "love."  I love my husband and I love the chocolate chip cookies that just came out of the oven.  I love the sweet sound of my piano and I love my new tan boots.  But I LOVE autumn.  I need a mega-word to describe my LOVE of autumn. 

We should have been packing this afternoon.  We didn't.  I should have been baking something for our road trip tomorrow.  I didn't.  I should have been practising songs for the service tonight.  That could wait too.

This afternoon I indulged in autumn.  I wandered around our property and greeted my favourite season for the first time this year.  I shut my eyes and listened to the crunch of the leaves under my new tan boots.  

I said hello to my garden swing which has been neglected these past few weeks.  It said "hello" back with a gentle push.  For awhile I lay on my swing with the sun streaming against my face and read my book.  It was that perfect intensity of sunshine that warms your skin but doesn't require you to shut your eyes against it.  Paul joined me and held my legs on his lap while we listened to the rustle of the breeze in the trees above us and the distant laughter of our children playing.  He took over pushing the swing.  I put my book down and we talked, gently swaying back and forth.  We spoke of love and laughter, memories past and dreams ahead.  We indulged in autumn together.  

Most people LOVE spring.  I do too.  But my LOVE for autumn has an expression of gratitude in it because it is a time to rest.  As the leaves fall to the ground and the trees begin to hybernate, God is telling us to rest too.   Jesus tells us, "my yoke is easy, my burden is light." (Matthew 11:30).  But because we are human, we make it a lot harder than it needs to be.  We complicate our lives and forget that we need to rest.

So today I rested.  I rested with my love amidst colours so rich and sun so glorious.  I lOVE autumn.

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