Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Harvest time is here.

The tiny seeds we planted in April have grown abundantly.They have produced blossoms to lure insects, striving only to reproduce themselves, but inadvertently providing food for our families in the process. The plants have consumed copious amounts of water and minerals from the soil, and have grown tall.

Leaves colored and brittle now, plants lean against the October winds that have pushed out the humidity and opened windows. Butterflies and honey bees abound, rushing for that last bit of nectar before its gone. Squirrels scamper across the back yard, jaws puffed with nuts, adding all they can to their stash. Hummingbirds stop by for a bite before they head across the Gulf of Mexico to winter.

Every living thing was created by God with instincts to prepare for lean times, to gather the harvest, to reap Earth's bounty before it is gone.

Multicolored quilts wave from clotheslines, getting fresh for snuggling. Firewood is stacked, dry and waiting.

Beautiful, fleeting October! What a celebration of beauty among the dying, of gathering and preparing in our youth for the time when the summer is past.

Bring it on, Winter! We're ready.

As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease. Genesis 8:22