Day 17 – Ordinary Beauty of a New Season


“Notice how the trees don’t cling to their leaves.

Fall is all about releasing the old to make way for the new.

Get Ready! God is taking you into a new season.”

From Spiritual


I grew up with the smell of leaves burning in the fall. With trees that didn’t cling to their leaves turning yellow and brown. The still green grass was carpeted with leaves and if we were lucky, when they were raked into big piles my brother and I could jump right into the middle of them, our bodies cushioned by the soft layer on the ground while others flew up in a kaleidoscope of color.

Fall meant school was in session and football season had begun. A sweater would be needed in the morning and nightfall would be coming sooner.

It meant Halloween, State Fairs and warm apple cider were on the way. Life was moving again, awake from summer’s lazy slumber.

The energy of fall seems in direct contradiction with a season that also signals the dying of flowers and grass and a hibernation of nature. As the quote above says, it’s about releasing the old to make way for the new. Is God taking you into a new season?

pumpkins in field


corn stalks

I feel that pull. I’m in that period of preparation when thoughts of releasing the familiar is prompting me to make way for the new. A new that is unknown and uncharted.

There are no leaves falling in South Florida. No chill in the air or any visible sign of a change of season. I wonder if this lulls us into staying comfortable and holding on  to the old a little longer. Clinging to the familiar even when it’s dry and brittle like dead leaves.

May we not rely on the visible, but the urging in our soul.

May God’s Spirit blow through our lives with the freshness of a fall day waking us to His time, His way. May our hands will release the grip on the dead things in our lives and open to take hold of the new God wants to give.

And may we give thanks to this change of season in our lives,  signaled by the ordinary beauty of leaves.

More about Debby Hudson

Where do you find grace? Inside the church walls? Around the dinner table with your family? For years, grace was not much more than the prayer we said before meals or a biblical concept. Then I met a group of men who had, as we say, reached bottom. They welcomed me to Graceland. They showing me grace can be found in the darkest of places. I'm still searching and learning. I hope you'll want to come along.

One thought on “Day 17 – Ordinary Beauty of a New Season

  1. Gabriele

    I liked considering the idea that if we don’t see a signal that a change is coming it doesn’t mean we should not expect it. Good post, Debbie.


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