“WHEN AUTUM LEAVES”(Maxwell Anderson & Kurt Weil)

Many years ago, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and others sang a beautiful song that originated on Broadway. It spoke then, as it speaks to us today about the life journey that we all share.

“But it’s a long, long while from May to December

But the days grow short, when you reach September

When the Autumn weather turns the leaves to flame

One hasn’t got time for the waiting game.

Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few

September, November

And these few precious days I’ll spend with you

These precious days, I’ll spend with you

And the one dwindles down to a precious brew

September, November

And these few vintage years, I’ll spend with you

These precious years, I’ll spend with you”

Often, we fail to realize just how short our lives are – we somehow live with the illusion that we will live forever.  We therefore fail to see each day as a miracle to be treasured; we forget to be grateful for the days given and the many gifts that we receive along the way that heal, nourish and feed us. Each person that we encounter on our journey is a gift to be opened and treasured – as we are gift for others. This is a fundamental message of the Gospel. We are all connected; we are all children of creation that is coming to be.

Winter, the season of hibernation and preparation; Spring the season of new life coming to be; Summer the season of life reaching fulfillment and the autumn, the season of harvest. We encounter these seasons, recognizing that each requires change and struggle, and that the struggle brings us to the peak; to the fullness and then to learn how to let go.

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.




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