Autumn Leaves

What feelings and emotions are stirred up in you as we make our way through Autumn or Fall? Do you associate the season with John Keat’s Seasons of Mists and mellow fruitfulness? A time for long rambles through the countryside, admiring a palette of colours that surpasses  anything any artist could possibly imagine? Out come the  boots, woolly scarves, hats and gloves. ( I love my woolly hats and scarves!)

Maybe  you love bringing out the cosy throws and cushions,  treating  yourself to a new book (or three)? Do you look forward to long evenings spent snuggled up on the sofa, cuddling the dog and binge watching box sets? To find time  to muse over those happy Summer memories;  the richness that has been and to look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Or do you hear old winter’s song instead? Especially  after the time change at the end of October? All Saints, All Souls and ceremonies of Remembrance. Thankfulness mixed with regret; anticipation with apprehension, joy mingling with grief.

Do you look forwards  or backwards?

For me, Eva Cassidy’s cover of  Autumn Leaves so captures this  bittersweet ambiguity. An ambiguity which I’ve felt more than usual, after a season of personal health problems, loss of several folk in our local community who meant much to me, and the ongoing illness of several others.

Loss seems so much more poignant at this time of the year, somehow…

I’m conscious of holding all these opposites in tension.

And yet..of  sensing a slow realisation that somehow, there may be  if not a richness, rather a supportive presence in the tension, God, the Spirit, if you like. That there are seasons when we’re called to sit with that tension.  It’s not a binary ‘either/or’ we have here; more a ‘both/and.’

Knowing that we’re not alone.

After all, The light shines in the darkness.

 

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4 thoughts on “Autumn Leaves”

    • Yes, heard from our daughter in NY that they were expecting snow. Your Fall doesn’t last long, does it? We rsrely get extremes of cold in our part of England, but this year it’s been noticeably chilly since the hour change. Snow on Halloween?! I have visions of lots of snow-drenched trick and treaters!

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