My grandmother lived in a small town that had old maple trees lining many of the streets. In the Fall, the leaves would pile up in the corners of the sidewalks and against bushes at the edges of yards. I used to love shuffling my feet as I walked along, kicking up the leaves. The sound of the leaves rustling and the smell of the dry leaves as they swirled and fell lifted into the crisp sunlit air of a perfect autumn day. Isn't it marvelous how God chose to design the world?
Almighty God, thank you for creating seasons and rhythms to mark our lives. Thank you for giving us senses so that we can enjoy your creation. Thank you for surrounding us with the evidence of your loving care. In Jesus' name, Amen.