"Thank You, God, for Fall Gifts" is the title of a book we used long ago in Sunday School for preschool-aged children. It is the thought that has been on my mind this week.
Fall gives opportunity to thank God for the beauty of His creation. I read once where Garrison Keillor wrote, "fall has more colors than crayola can put in a sixty-four pack of crayons." The ever-changing palette of north Georgia is an amazing display of God's creative glory.
We even change our menu in the fall. What can be more enjoyable than a bowl filled with slow-cooked chili with a hunk of butter-slathered cornbread at its side? Summer seems to be a season of constant motion. Maybe the early sunset and cooler temperatures allow us to slow down to enjoy the simpler pleasures of food and the family and friends with whom we share meals.
As seasons change, I am also reminded that we go through seasons in our lives. From newlyweds to parents to empty-nesters to "seasoned citizens" we experience the reality that life is not static. However much life may change we are reminded that God is our faithful companion.
The preacher of Ecclesiastes instructs us that "there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." Thank you, God, for fall gifts.