Food for Thought: The joys of autumn


By Beryl Williams

Having moved here after living in Southern California, where there are no seasons, I never cease to find immense pleasure in getting to experience all four seasons in Colorado.

And I take particular joy in autumn.

The evenings are already getting cooler and providing relief from the remaining, warm days of summer. There is a special crispness in the morning air that makes the freshness of the new day more exciting. And wow, the colors! Orange, red, yellow and light browns, contrasted with the darker greens that fall brings.

Before long, our beautiful aspens will be changing into that bright yellow that we all know and love. All this and more make this season a very special and unique time of year in its own right.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” How true! As I take in the brilliance of fall, I cannot help but thank the Lord for giving us so many variations of scenery throughout the year. He showed His love for us by giving us so much more than just an existence, but rather, many things that prove He meant for us to have a joyous life. And in my mind, the seasons are one of those things.

I can’t fail to mention the foods that come to mind with autumn. Pumpkin pie (my personal favorite), crisp red apples, or better yet, apple pie right out of the oven, beautiful yellow squash, sweet, juicy pears and a variety of warm soups and chowders. Our God of variety even gives us different foods in our seasons. How thoughtful He is!

I love the verse in Jeremiah 5:24 which reads, “Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives the rain in its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.” So, let us remember as we treasure the beauty of autumn, that we are loved by the Lord, who delights in giving us good things. Enjoy!

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