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As I drove home from work one evening this week, I noticed a tall, stately goldenrod beside the road near my house.  It nodded nonchalantly to me as I passed, and the bowing of its plumy head called up a primordial sorrow in me, one that I have experienced the past few years during the subtle transition from summer to autumn.   Soon the soft petals of summer will yield to blazing sumacs and falling leaves.  Fall is a topaz smoldering in nature’s crown, darkly beautiful in contrast to the emerald gleam of summer.  Yet, its beauty is draped in a veil of sadness, as endings often are.  Autumn marches slowly in, being careful not to usurp summer’s place too suddenly, and so we are wooed with mellow sunshine and clear blue skies.  We are surprised and a little angered on the morning that cold needles of frost stab the lingering flowers and remind us that Winter lurks behind the bright pumpkin and the Thanksgiving feast, reaching out its icy fingers to kill that which remains. 

Change is hard to bear, and growing older is an unexpected and unwelcome transformation.  Autumn warns me that life is never static.  Today’s sunshine is replaced with tomorrow’s rain, and the splendorous decay of the fall season reminds me that too soon, life is spent.  May God grant me the grace to walk into the approaching autumn of my life and not hold too fast to the waning summer—to find beauty and fruitfulness in the seasons ahead and to embrace them with a grateful heart.     


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