My Autumn Worship

Fall is full on in our woods, the trees a riot in shades of orange. We've just had five full days of continuous sunshine. A ball of fire in the sky illuminating fire in the trees.

And I've almost (almost) said "enough already my eyes need a rest".

Oh, but after this confetti season of russet, cinnabar, and ochre comes white on grey, and black against evergreen. And so I haven't said "enough". I have said thank you. Thank you. Thank You.

Every season in its fullness turns my heart to worship.

I'm not much of a church-going worshipper. The place I meet and experience God most (right now) as an all-consuming fire burning in me for love, holiness, and relationship, is in nature, in my physical being, and in well written words.

God is ever present in my life in the changing trees, in the tang of falling leaves (I wish I could name that smell). God is present in my favorite poetry and inspired books. God is present in the absolute pure joy I feel walking in sunlit autumn woods. The kind of joy that makes you want to run and skip and jump. Unfettered.

Fall is all of these things to me. I believe there is a reason that humans through the centuries, have turned to worship at certain times of the year, usually corresponding to changing seasons, changing light.

We're looking for God. 

God, speaking through the falling leaves, the last almost-too-hot days of the year, unexpected after last week's frost. God's grace in the lessons and activities, supper in the crock pot. God's blessing in the harvest, celebrated with friends around campfires and shucked corn.

In two weeks we celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. And I get it. More and more each year. I understand what it is I am thankful for and all that is worth celebrating.

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  • Sarah m

    Sarah m on Oct. 2, 2013, 4:41 a.m.

    Fall is my favorite season. It's always over too soon. I'm feeling very sad that I'll miss our beautiful midwest crisp fall this year, as the rain has already set in over here. I have to look for beauty in the grey now. 

    Sarah M


  • Tonya

    Tonya on Oct. 2, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

    Hi Renee,

    I too feel close to God in nature especially.  I would love to talk with you as I have been struggling with our church.. but i know  (think) that our family benefits - except me - but who knows maybe it is the process I need to be going through right now.

    Thanks for sharing all of your posts lately.  I have been sharing them with my family.

    Love, Tonya


  • Lisa

    Lisa on Oct. 3, 2013, 12:32 a.m.

    I'm happy to finally admit I'm not much of a churchgoer either. I too meet God more in nature and small groups of people. I'm still longing for a home church-type small group. Someday.

    Your pictures are so gorgeous I had to pin some of them!


    • renee

      renee on Oct. 3, 2013, 12:36 a.m.

      Me too... still looking (smile). But I've been able to create some wonderful Christian community with women online - bookclubs, prayer groups, email support etc. 


  • Jessica

    Jessica on Oct. 6, 2013, 9:22 p.m.

    Beautiful.  The leaves here in Tennessee are still mostly green.  I wait...and in the meantime I will look at your pictures.  :)


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