“Autumn – that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness, that season which has drawn from every poet, worthy of being read, some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.” Jane Austen
“Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
Fluttering from the autumn tree.” Emily Brontë
“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air.” Nathaniel Hawthorne
“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
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting
and autumn a mosaic of them all.” Stanley Horowitz
“Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains,
a torch flung to the trees.” Faith Baldwin
“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still
and watch the leaves turn.” Elizabeth Lawrence
I took one step outside my front door last night and my heart began to flutter with the excitement of a child on Christmas Eve. With a kiss of the cool breeze on my cheek, I was instantly aware that my favorite season is about to make its presence known.
At just the hint of Autumn, my mood shifts, my heart lifts and my cares seem to drift away. Maybe it’s the beauty of nature, vibrant colors, the sun casting a softer glow, the crisp air…or maybe it’s the enticing smell of fresh-baked goodies at every turn, the thundering sound of enthusiastic fans gathering for long-awaited football games or the sheer joy of wrapping myself up in a cozy sweater with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa (with whipped cream, of course).
The truth is, when Autumn arrives, it brings with it a taste of nostalgia. Recalling the newness, the fresh hope that has come with each recurring season of my life, makes me feel young again. That same feeling of expectancy washes over me, and inspiration once again comes easy.
Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to experience this season where my senses come alive and my heart breathes a contented sigh. For this and all your gifts, I am humbly grateful.