The Sentinels of Autumn

It’s December, but this frosty morning in Upstate New York reminds me that it is still autumn and if you look close you can see life. Our days have been unseasonably warm, and so far nothing white has stuck to the ground. The snow shovels stand in the shed, not by the front door.

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Late morning the fog will lift when the sun burns it away, but now I see the sentinels of fall standing still in the fields, and along side the road. Those straight, golden grasses fall easily to the ground, and it looks as though deer lay there. But the seed pods stand closed and dead, but death has a beauty in itself. This death is a promise for life in spring.

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The strong oak leaves will hang on until winter is over…shriveled and curled.

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Leaves from our young pear tree

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If you look close enough, you will see life…and hoar frost.

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Finally at 10:30 am the sun is burning fog away and colors change. The mist rises and the white frost changes to shine and shimmer, and then evaporates. The oaks are rich and brilliant. In new warmth, the birds fly between feeders with more vigor.

Life…there is always life.

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This weekend we will cut a fresh pine and decorate it before our big window. Once our tree is in the stand, we will hang the lights.

 

There is nothing more important than light.

 

Darkness looks to crowd us, make us fear, and make us afraid to trust. The darkness, the evil seems to be our end, but it is not.

 

In the beginning God separated light from darkness and now…

Christ came…to be light to the world where darkness dwells.

 

Christmas is the story…it is History and it’s all that matters.

It’s love that matters.

It is the framework for mankind. Ancient? Compared to what? Eternity?

Search…

That divine spark is calling you, longs for you, and won’t let go.

May you be blessed and know the love from the True and Holy One.

 

“In the beginning the WORD already existed. He was with God, and he was God. He was in the beginning with God. He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn’t make. Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone. The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”

John 1:1-5 NLT

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