Reflections on Autumn

When I was a kid growing up in Los Angeles, I always looked forward to the Fall; it has been my favorite season for as long as I can remember.  There’s so much about it to like: pumpkins,

changing leaves,


the World Series,

seasonal cuisine

and all of this is in spite of the fact that we had to go back to school!

When I was a kid, I always wanted to go somewhere that had the fall colors in nature…

kind of like this:

 there aren’t many scenes like this in LA!

Gotta love this one…

I always thought of Fall as the beginning of the holidays; lots of fun to look forward to.  There’s just something about this season; it’s sort of the culmination of the entire year… it even smells good! There’s only one thing about it that isn’t great: It’s followed by winter!

If you didn’t know that winter was followed by spring and summer, that would really put a damper on things, at least for me.  You could say that Fall is a time when the world seems to be dying away in a blaze of glory… and then everything will be dormant for a season.

After a season of dormancy, there is rebirth!

There’s a lot we can learn from the seasons: there’s a time to live, a time to die, and a time to rise again.

Isn’t it amazing how God teaches eternal truth in nature?  It’s no wonder that Paul wrote:

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Romans 1:20

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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12 Responses to Reflections on Autumn

  1. Bette Cox says:

    So beautiful. I love trees.

  2. Dying away in a blaze of glory = beautifully worded (I may have to steal this for an Autumn conversation…) Living in NE, I find myself surviving winter, welcoming Spring and its wet earth smells, enjoying every minute of summer’s sunshine, warmth, and ocean, and then one morning it hits me as I walk to the car… the smell of Autumn, the crunching leaves and the yellows, reds, and golds, but most of all, the memory from years previous; oh Autumn, where have you been all year, I missed you!

  3. Elaine says:

    Beautiful post and beautiful photos as well! Praise the Lord for these wonderful gifts He presents us with every season and every day! Not a fan of winter at all but He does send beauty in that season to get us through, like the sunshine on the glistening snow or on the ice-laden trees.

  4. I think fall is my favorite time of year. Although, each season has wonderful aspects of its own. Even winter–I love to see a freshly fallen snow, before it has been marred by footsteps and snow plows. The barrenness of winter reveals things that are unseen during the other seasons of the year.

  5. Citizen Tom says:

    Winter has its drawbacks. When I was young, it was just a time when I had to look for other ways to have fun. Snowball fights, snowmen, tunnels in the snow, skiing…. As I have grown older, it is a time for more covers on the bed and sweaters. I have begun to dread the constant cold.

    Still, I love the fall, and I can understand why our ancestors celebrated this time of year. With the abundance they prepared for winter. They store food for the body and retained the glory of colors to nourish their souls.

    Then they counted the days, not quite certain the sun would stop its descent and rise again into the sky.

    • Don Merritt says:

      When I was a kid in LA, I thought I had it rough when my mom would make me pick tomatoes for Christmas dinner. When I lived in Northern Illinois as an adult, I would have been happy to have tomatoes growing out in the yard at Christmas!

  6. ephesians413 says:

    True. So wonderful to see in all of His creation! That photo of the dirt road with the beautiful trees in all their fall glory looks just like my grandpa’s farm used to look. Sometimes I wish I could go back there and walk down that road again with him. Thanks for the beautiful photos and thoughts.

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