“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.
There’s a time to plant, and a time to harvest.”
The wise words of King Solomon in the Book of Ecclesiastes still ring true, especially as we enter into the heart of autumn.
Not only is autumn the year’s “last and loveliest smile,” it is somehow the most poignant of the four seasons. The awareness seems greater during fall given that many of the special moments of this season are fleeting.
That’s why today on Hadley Court, we decided to take time to cherish and remember fall’sblessings, before many of us attend this fall’s High Point Market starting on Saturday
Here are a few fall blessings I am most thankful for as I begin this busy week.
I’m thankful for the reflection of brilliantly-colored leaves on a clear lake.
I’m thankful for cool days and nights and for relaxed autumn picnics in woodland hideaways.
I’m thankful for the opportunity to build the first fire in autumn and the warmth and simple joy of sitting by the fireplace with a good book.
I’m thankful for the warm, embracing color palette of fall.
I don’t know about you, but it’s somehow a comforting sight to look around at ladies’ and men’s apparel, home fashion and even the flower garden and see tones of cinnamon, nutmeg, spice, maroon, eggplant, purple and gold.
I’m thankful when it is time to plant my very favorite flower, pansies.
A dear pastor friend of our family and a fellow gardener always used to advise me, “Plant your pansies in October, and be sure to have them in the ground by Halloween.”
The last day of October brings delight for the children in our lives, as we admire their costumes and shower them with treats.
Who doesn’t love the taste of candy corn in October? Munching candy corn makes me feel like a child again.
In autumn, I’m thankful for the season of warm mugs and pumpkin spice.
In autumn, I’m thankful for the taste of pumpkin pie.
In autumn, I’m thankful for the anticipation of family gatherings for Thanksgiving Day.
Hadley Court friends, what are you thankful for in fall?
I hope you will join me in saying grace, in thanksgiving for autumn’s blessings.
And let us know in your comments about your favorite fall blessing.
Kim Darden Shaver
Leslie Hendrix Wood
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