Falls Imminent Arrival

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Confirmation of falls imminent arrival came in the form of a gentle rain last night and lingers still.

A soft damp blanket overlays everything – especially showcasing the transitional colors of our fruit trees. A few remaining figs and apples hang waiting to be picked, while surrounding leaves are beginning to let go. Our parched lawn welcomes the unfamiliar moisture.

Birds play in puddles, oblivious of tomorrow. Their songs are joyous, free and inspirational.

Time seems to stand still in the mystery of this glorious space in time we call fall.  It’s subtle, but intentional –  poised to abandon summer  while steadily marching on toward winter.

I smell the pavement and anticipate change.

Could it be the bulk of my days I call life, are much like today – a short pause between the luscious summer of youth and the grand finale of winter?

I see wonder in the merging of drips pouring off my rooftop. It satisfies, nourishes, cleanses, restores and subtly tempts my desire to linger.

In the stillness of this seasonal doorway I remember tomorrows bidding.  Fall is only a transition between my beginning and my end of seasons. Winter will come and go, but new life await beyond these harsh borders.


“Listen, you heavens, and I will speak. Hear the words of my mouth. Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. I will proclaim the name of the Lord and praise the greatness of God!” Deuteronomy 32:1-3



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21 replies on “Falls Imminent Arrival”

    1. The entire system would look differently if we were in charge, wouldn’t it Linda. But what color and texture would that yield? Nope, I think God’s plan is pretty perfect, winter and all.

      You = blessing to me.

  1. How beautiful and so true! Pat, your writings are helping me to reflect on the seasons of my own life!
    As I watch our grandchildren I see the spring, so new and fresh and as I reflect on my own season your words have encouraged me to think about the beauty of Autumn. Amongst other things, the rich colours and the fruits that have grown and are now ready to be shared and enjoyed by others!!
    Thank you dear friend, I love to receive your reflections! Xxx

    1. Sharing this season of life with you means everything to me, Ruth. Your basket of fruit continues to overflow all the way across the Atlantic to my little corner of the world, and for the record – my red teapot patiently waits for your return.xxx

  2. Thank you for this gentle reminder that this temporal life is not our forever life; as nice as it is….we’re just passing through.

    1. More a continuation like the cyclic seasons, right Sarah. All the more reason to press into our Savior and glorify him now. My guess is the whole thing is a pretty fast trip, in the bigger scheme of things.

  3. The first rain is special because it helps prepare us for the coming winter. Like you, I love the smell of it and the cozy feelings it brings, but I know it will soon pass and move into a more challenging season. Fortunately fall is a blend and merge of the two adjacent seasons.

  4. This drew me in, Pat. Beautiful picture – both the photo and the words. I can smell the rain on the pavement and feel the season change coming. Thank you for this – such beauty here.

  5. I loved this! The transition between our youth and grand finale in the imagery of fall sandwiched between summer and winter is perfect. This description describes me right now and I love the beauty in moving from one season to the next. Thank you for these words today!

    1. Thanks so much, Mary. Let’s just make a deal to commit to an occasional dance in the rain while we can! Your comment was filled with sunshine on a dismal day for me. Appreciated very much.

  6. I love Autumn! Pumpkin Pie is one of my favorites and I always look forward to the first rain! Also, it gets me in the mood for all my grand children’s birthdays AND of course, the big question that must have the right answer,” WHAT AM I GOING TO GET THEM FOR CHRISTMAS THAT THEY WILL LIKE????” It just amazes me how the Lord prepares us humans for the next anticipated season of our lives. Simply put, I love fall because it prepares me for winter. Great post again Pat, I could smell the rain on the pavement as I was reading your post!

    1. Just reading the words pumpkin pie and Autumn tickle the senses and bring up warm memories for me. Fall is now officially here – and for now, the rain has passed and sun shines.

    1. I love hearing from you again Carol – all the way from Illinois. My husband and I actually live on the central coast of CA and hope someday to wander in your direction during the fall. Our entire state desperately needs the rain right now.

      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the post. Take good care of yourself.

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