Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Trees of the Forest Sing





I love the drive to NY. I haven't driven in the fall in some time. The leaves were maybe a touch past their peak, so it wasn't spectacular, but it was pretty. It was about 3 hours too long for my bruised coccyx, but always worth finding my folks on the other end of that long journey. Usually, when I come back home, I awaken before everyone else, and sit in the living room with my coffee.

This morning, I did something new. I threw all caution to the wind, and had breakfast in the sunroom. The sunroom wasn't here while I was growing up, so it doesn't enter my ritualistic behavior yet. However, just as I was about to settle into "my spot" in the living room, I thought, today I should sit in the sunroom.

It was a little more arduous a journey, down the stairs with my coffee and iPad, but I made it safely. Then I sat in a nice comfy leather chair with an ottoman on which to stretch my legs. I sipped my coffee and looked around. The trees here in my parent's yard do appear to be at peak. The colors all around me are brilliant, and the sky is grey and still. Not even the squirrels appear to be awake yet. A thick coating of leaves cover the yard, like a full bag of M&Ms exploded- red, orange, green, brown, and golden. The foreground trees still have a lot of green. Twinkling between them like treasure are the bright orange and yellow maples in the background. What a gift it is to be alive to see this.

I think this will be my new spot.

1 Chronicles 16:27,33-34 (NIV)
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place. [33] Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. [34] Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.


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