Monday, October 3, 2011

A short ramble on Fall and Harvest: Looking forward to life

As far back as I can remember, fall and harvest-time has been one of my favorite seasons (next to Christmas, which as everyone knows, lasts from Black Friday to New Year's Day ;) ). I love the sharp smells and the crisp wind, the sound of rustling leaves underfoot, the tang of a freshly-picked apple in my mouth...

And yet, someone once told me that it's odd to love fall so much, because everything is dying then. Granted, we gain a lot of good things from fall, mostly food for ourselves and animals, but all those pretty colors are from dying plants. But, if I might be allowed to wax poetic here for a moment, the cycle of fall-winter-spring seems to me like a good analogy for a person's confession of belief. Dying to self (fall) to be protectively covered (winter, snow) to form new life (green growing things in spring.)

There are a couple of things that don't go along so smoothly in the allegory (for example, where does summer come into it?) Some might say that you don't harvest anything good from your "dying to self" fall period, but I debate that there are good things--maybe buried--that you find during that period. So, to be honest, you can't get too nitpicky, otherwise the analogy breaks down, just as all analogies are liable to do at one point or another.

Another spiritual reason I like the fall and harvest time is because it reminds me that there will be a harvest, and the wheat will be divided from the chaff, and we'll get to live forever with Christ.

So really, I see fall as looking forward to life, not stalling in death.

I wrote this as part of my contribution (though "contribution" might be debated) to the Christian Writer's blog chain. Go check out the rest of the posts--I'm sure they'll be awesome!

  • 10/1: Traci Bonney, http://tracibonney.wordpress.com/

  • 10/2: Jacky Brown, JayBees Blog

  • 10/3: H.A. Titus, Magical Ink

  • 10/4: Tracy Krauss, http://www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.com/

  • 10/5: Pauline Creeden, http://hosannaschristianreader.blogspot.com

  • 10/7: Cindee Snider Re, http://breathedeeply.org/

  • 10/8: Scott Fields, http://www.writingdead.com/

  • 10/10: Steve Olar, http://bibleschooldropout.blogspot.com

  • 10/11: Lynn Mosher, http://lynnmosher.blogspot.com/

  • 10/12: Victor Travison, http://victortravison.webs.com/apps/blog/

  • 10/13: Nona King, http://www.wordobsession.net/

  • 10/14: Keith Wallis, http://wordsculptures-keith.blogspot.com/

  • 10/15: Mike Johnson, http://collegemanual.blogspot.com/

  • 10/16: Keri Mae Lamar, http://www.kerimae.com/

  • 10/17: Liberty Speidel, http://libertywordwanderings.blogspot.com/

  • 10/18: Chris Vonada, http://chrisvonada.com/

  • 10/19: Michael Galloway, http://www.michaelgalloway.blogspot.com/

  • 10/19: Sue Ewing, Little Bits

  • 10/20: Edward Lewis, http://eglewis.blogspot.com/

  • 10/21: Sheila Hollinghead, http://sheilahollinghead.com

  • 10/23: Chris Henderson, http://thewritechris.blogspot.com/

  • 10/25: David Pardoe, http://www.pardoe.info

  • 10/26: Carol Peterson, http://fromcarolsquill.blogspot.com/

  • 10/27: Shawneda Marks, http://www.shawneda.com/

  • 10/28: Marilyn, http://life101understandingitall.blogspot.com/

  • 10/29: Chris Depew, http://chrisdepewwrites.com/

  • 10/30: Debra Ann Elliott, http://debragrayelliott.blogspot.com/

  • 10/31: Michele Archer, http://mlarcher.webs.com/apps/blog/
  • 19 responses:

    Debra Ann Elliott said...

    Great post! Enjoyed your contribution.

    Laura Elizabeth said...

    Hmmm, interesting post :D I love fall as well, but I dislike that winter is just around the corner. But Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, so that's a big reason why I like fall. Also, I love the colors and the smell of the air.
    Oh, by the way, none of those blog links seem to be working :(

    H. A. Titus said...

    @Debra: Thanks! :)

    @LauraElizabeth: That's odd--they all seem to be working on my side. I'll look into it. Thanks for reading!

    Traci B said...

    Excellent contribution to the blog chain! I love fall too - the plants may be dying, but they're going out in a blaze of glory (the maples are, anyway).

    Tracy Krauss said...

    Loved the analogy - and you're allowed to 'wax poetic' all you want!

    Sheila Odom Hollinghead said...

    My favorite time of year too. Cooler weather is one big reason! I think your analogy is a good one.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Dave Pardoe said...

    Fall is not things dieing. It is the clearing of the old for the slumber of winter and then the renewal of spring.

    Scott Fields said...

    Of all the things harvest entails, I never really thought about the whole "death" thing (which is ironic, given the subject of my blog and book). But it serves as a great reminder that, even in the natural cycles of creation, God patterns everything after the higher truths of his kingdom. Real life can only follow the death of what comes first.

    Excellent post!

    E. G. Lewis said...

    Very enjoyable post. Welcome to the Blog chain,
    Peace and Blessings

    Jack Brown said...

    I like your contribution
    Autumn is so special

    biiiiiiiig hug

    JayBee

    H. A. Titus said...

    Wow--I didn't check email for one day, and this morning found a ton of responses on this post. Thank you all for your kind words and for visiting! :)

    Keri Mae said...

    "Dying to self (fall) to be protectively covered (winter, snow) to form new life (green growing things in spring.)"

    I really, really liked this.

    MGalloway said...

    Good points. And to think that the dead leaves of one year go on to help grow next year's trees/crops...

    chris said...

    agreed, I never thought of fall as dying but look on the brighter side at the harvest. Thanks for sharing this!!

    Cindee Snider Re said...

    I enjoy autumn too! Such beautiful colors -- even in the dying, but it's dying to new life and there is something intrinsically beautiful in that -- something our souls recognize at a deeper level, redemption and rebirth -- and is there possibly anything more beautiful than that? Wonderful post! Thank you.

    From Carol's Quill said...

    I love fall, too. For me, it's a time of rest. Like a sabbath. Nice post.

    Christine Henderson said...

    I agree with your thoughts as seeing fall as looking forward to life, not stalling in death. Sounds so much better.

    http://life101understandingitall.blogspot.com/ said...

    Loved the ideas of 'Dying to self', 'Protectively covered' and 'Form new life', I thought you might like to add 'Getting read for harvest', for summer, then the process start over again.

    Nona King said...

    Loved your view on this. :) Great post.

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