An Ode To Autumn
By Robert (Bob) W. Jones

A change is in the air. A great mellowing is at work.

It’s in the breeze, in the trees, inside each and every one of us. And somewhere, not far off, the smoke of backyard fire pits is seasoning the darkening sky.

Each year autumn arrives all bluster and invites us to stay outside and enjoy a few more days of color and light. Some deem the season after summer in the prairies as “fall.” All too quickly, leaves change color and fall to the ground, where they await to be raked into clear plastic bags or bonfires. In autumn we go back to school, back to work, and back to the future.

Beach chairs are packed away while envisioning next summer’s dreams. We unpack our woollen socks. In autumn we stop to watch the trees and their painted leaves. We watch the skies for geese and listen for rain. We settle into long pants, sturdy boots and trusty raincoats. This time of year, we remember our love for pumpkin spice in lattes and pies. We purchase bushels of apples and bake with buckets of cinnamon.

Each year, autumn reminds us to return to routines that anchor our lives in time. We relive glory days. We gather together in September stadiums, and around October tables. In the shadow of shortening days we retell tales of gridiron glory and harvest bounty.

Autumn is the story of life, of how endings follow beginnings and time always leads to new beginnings. Autumn gives us a better perspective on the full story of our lives – discovery and loss; sacrifice and surprise; an eternal rhythm that keeps us whole.

This autumn, harvest all the light and life, and goodness that you can. Embrace the season for all its worth before the winds of winter begin to billow.

About this Contributor:

Robert (Bob) W. Jones is a recovering perfectionist, who collects Coca-Cola memorabilia and drinks Iced Tea. His office walls are adorned with his sons’ framed football jerseys, and his library shelves, with soul food. He writes to inspire people to be real, grow an authentic faith in Jesus, enjoy healthy relationships and discover their life purpose.
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