It occurs to me that with the arrival of November we begin the holiday season (Halloween through New Year). This wind-up can become frantic with preparations for the celebrations and happenings: dinners, school events end of year reports parties, shopping, family gatherings - the list is nearly endless. With all of our busy-ness we will also be turning our clocks back at the beginning of the month (11/3 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS). Darkness will descend upon our lives once more and I find myself dreading this shift more than previous years.
For now, I am delighting in the senses of autumn: the pumpkin spice found in everything, the crunch of crisp leaves on trails as I walk the dog, the smell of a fall rain, and the sight of the red, orange and yellows that still dress the trees. I celebrate the beauty of the now, even as I am acutely aware of how these signs herald the coming darkness of winter. Even now I am anticipating the preparation for the arrival of Christ our Light.