Outside the Front Door

November 26, 2009 § 2 Comments

For some reason today, on Thanksgiving, when I let the dog out, this scene struck me with lovely force – a beautiful tree, shedding its magnificently transformed leaves for the fall. Not only are they falling, but they are doing so in what appears to be perfect circular symmetry around the tree that they once adorned.

It made me smile.

I offer these words as friends are on their way to the house to celebrate with us. The family has exchanged affection in person and on the phone. The food smells delicious.

Somehow that snapshot presented a moment to thank God for everything we are, have experienced and have yet to encounter. I guess I could offer the standard Thanksgiving recitation – one I love, by the way – you know, where you start from the top – with God’s goodness, family, friends, provision, etc, and just go from there. But not today.

Today, suffice it to say that every person we love, and each who love us, every dear moment, every sweet experience, every provision and a whole host of other good things that God graces us with in reminding us of His ‘Peaceable Kingdom,’ are like beautiful leaves that fall from a tree in the seasons of our lives. Even when they are no longer connected to the branches, they serve as lovely reminders of all that have defined and sweetened our stories. And it’s all there – right outside our Front Door.

Happy Thanksgiving.


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