Giving Thanks for the Now

posted by Sharon November 22, 2011 10 Comments

Autumn brings us an array of changing leaves. What do you think of when you see the reds and oranges, and yellows? Beauty, for sure.

This season, I’ve also been more aware of how short a time this breathtaking palette will be here for us to enjoy. By the time we see the green turn to yellow or orange or red, the decay is inevitable. The turning from green is a signal that the leaf is dying on the branch. Soon all the changing leaves will lie on the ground, to be replaced in spring with a new crop of tender green. Now, for these few short weeks, we see this contrast of the dying against the still-green living.

We learn about this cycle in grade school and we expect it. For some reason, though, this year I keep thinking about how we need to savor the colors now.

Here’s how Scripture puts this: “Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.” This has been a refrain for me this autumn. This year has brought uncertainties both welcome and difficult: a job layoff and a new job, grandchildren starting school, major illness in the family. No need to live in fear of the future, though. Instead, we can look around today and focus on the amazing. Look now, while the beauty blazes. Number this day as memorable.

What’s in your world now that you want to savor this season? What are you especially thankful for this week?

Linking up with Sweet Shot Tuesdays and Texture Tuesdays. Texture used is And Then Some, provided by Kim Klassen.

*Photos were taken at Palomar, California; Concord, Massachusetts; and in the Berkshires, Massachusetts.

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10 Comments

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Cedar November 22, 2011 at 6:17 am

I love all the fall colors and the reminder to savor each moment in time! Beautiful!

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Heidi Monner (@heido73) November 22, 2011 at 6:59 am

I love the photo with the red leaf among all the green. So pretty!

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Stacia November 22, 2011 at 7:12 am

Looooooooove the second one. Those yellows are brilliant.

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kareninkenai November 22, 2011 at 8:14 am

beautiful images and colors; what a blessing. thank you, kareninkenai {TT}

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Light Trigger November 22, 2011 at 10:38 am

your processing was very subtle It took me a while to figure out which photo you process…it was my favorite photo of yours…all of them are beautiful but this one is really cool! one red leaf surrounded by green leaves! very nice shot!

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Leah C November 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Beautiful, vivid colors!!

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Pat November 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I’m speechless – these photos are fantastic!

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deborah November 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Beautiful photography and a great message . . .

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Pat November 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm

What brilliant reds you have found!

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fotogran November 22, 2011 at 9:23 pm

What lovely colourful images. Alas, they are gone for another year! Savour the memory…

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