Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Autumn, inside and out





















Gunilla Norris writes in her book, Mystic Garden,of living in autumn.
I live in the Midwest, where seasons change and the creation sends signs of change all the time.
This morning its snowing, snowing, snowing to the near east of us, but it's just cold and crisp where we are. It's definitely autumn.

I think I'm living doubly in autumn. The season's changing, and so is my life. A lot of the vibrant green of birth and growth in my own life seems to have drifted into thoughts and realities that feel more brittle, more seasoned, more dormant, more like dying than birthing.

What season are you experiencing?


The End of Autumn by Jim Meyer

7 comments:

Jan said...

I absolutely love that painting!

Thank you for these thoughts. Obviously my season is without children for the first time, but I need to ponder this some more. I seem to be in an in-between time, unsure of which "season" I am entering. . .

Purple said...

I love the change of the seasons. It seems, for me, if there is a dormancy in a particular season that opens up something else to grow. As winter approaches I am drawn to the crispness in the air and the reflection of the sun off the ice.

laughing pastor said...

The best advice I've recieved came from a blind counselor in South Arkansas. She told my wife and me that life is a series of seasons. Each season has a story...but the story like the season does not last forever. Though some seasons reveal the vulnerability and death of life there is always a hint of birth and life. She encouraged us to enjoy the sliver of birth and life that was present....even if the sliver was of the smallest degree. I am in a season of life that is both challenging and freeing....it feels like Fall and Spring at the very same time.

Sarah S-D said...

i love autumn, but... i suppose... i'm experiencing spring... or anticipating it... as i wait for this baby to be born and as i birth papers. thanks for all your wonderful comments of late.

Jennifer said...

Hey Jan, Purple, LP and sarah S-D,

Thanks for the blessings of your thoughts.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I really love that image too.

I think I'm at the season of putting down deeper roots and trying to grow healthier leaves and put out healthier fruit because I'm starting to see my personal winter on the horizon. And I want the resources to carry me through it. I guess that sounds like late summer, although I'm not sure 50 qualifies as that. :)

Rev SS said...

Great thoughts here. I've always loved Autuum, and I resonate with Laughing Pastor's "and" comments. Like him, I'm in a season of life that feels like Spring and Autuum at the same time.