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A Fall Perspective

Updated on October 12, 2012
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The Color of Life

Absolutely incredible! Breathtaking! Exhilarating! These are but a few of many phrases we speak to try to communicate the awesome color of Gods creation during autumn's annual processional.

My wife, Sophia, enjoys sharing her passion for fall foliage. (Fall is her favorite time of the year.) Whether it's a short bicycle ride around our neighborhood or a more than scenic 17 mile trip down the Virginia Creeper Trail in the mountains of western Virginia, we're provided with a spectacular and peculiar perspective of autumn. The vibrant scenery blessed me with the contrast between its beauty and the power, wisdom, and love of God.

The striking beauty of autumn’s colorful flora is but a part of creation and on the surface brings warm and fuzzy feelings to many of us. But for deep thinkers like myself there is always more than what meets and pleases the eye.

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A Season of Change

The breathtaking imagery of fall is a precursor to the oncoming winter months. Isn’t it amazing how such beauty, in all of its splendor, is but a foreshadow of the cold and often harsh winter months to come?

The bible says, “For everything, there is a season.” Somehow, I was reminded that after the brilliant colors of the fall foliage have come and gone we are left with falling leaves and barren landscapes. This sharp contrast struck a chord within me because of our involvement with Comfort Zone Camp, a national child bereavement organization.

Negative events can help us grow. Grief is a natural process and part of our humanity. The loss of a loved one often shades our perspective on life and dwelling on the sorrow can hinder our growth.

Each one of us has the capacity to see the beauty of creation. Our perceptions sometimes cloud reality. For example, we often miss the true power in the changing of the leaves because of their amazing pageantry. We perceive the leaf as incredibly beautiful, and it is, yet it is dying and continually changing into food for future environments.

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The Changing Landscape of Love

Our experience of grieving can become food for future growth in maturity and strength for ourselves and for others. When we see that changes in our lives can serve a greater purpose, it can transform us into works of art just like the landscapes of fall.

The panoramic views of the mountains and the rustling of the multi-colored leaves in our neighborhood reminded me that God loves us and has a plan for everything, including you and me. That plan is perfect and though the magnificence of the fall foliage browns into winter, what is provided is a cycle of growth in spring and summer and a love that is never-ending for all creation.

Living and dying are a part of eternal life. It is indeed the most beautiful expression of love.

Your Comments are always welcome and appreciated. They color my world!

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Theresa!

      And thank you! While I am an ordained priest in a non-denominational church I appreciate the use of the word homily too! I see all of life, good, bad of indifferent as a story that we live out and it's so cool that we get to direct it too!

      Your words are always encouraging and keeps me inspired. Your artistic flair is evident, even in your comments! It must be a fabulous trait to be able to see what others take for granted!

      Thanks again!

      Bruce

      ...er...uh...um...Rev. B. Stuart Noll

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Wonderful little homily both on the real meaning of autumn and how grief and loss play out in our lives. I am not Catholic, but the word homily seemed preferable to Hub, story, essay, sermon....none of those was quite right. :) Beautiful images and meaningful writing. Very near perfect. :) Sharing. ~~Theresa

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank You toknowinfo!

      I was born and raised in Philadelphia so I can empathize with fall in the city. Back then I was a jock who thought only about football in this season. I'm very fortunate to have had that experience yet I will be eternally grateful for the change within and the new perspective I now have of such a wonderful time of year...and of life!

      I appreciate the time yo spent reading and commenting. Please come back soon!

      Bruce

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      toknowinfo 5 years ago

      Excellent hub and a wonderful perspective as you juxtapose this season to what change means to us. Autumn is an amazing time of year. I live in the suburbs of New York City, where nature is fit in between concrete and other man made creations. But when Autumn comes here, it is always noticable, always breathtaking, and always a reminder of the beauty that nature provides us with. I enjoyed your writing very much. Rated up, beautiful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you RhondaHumphreys1,

      I'm grateful for the comment and for reading my hub! My wife's passion for the outdoors and nature has given me great new insights too! I'll pass on the compliment.

      Thanks,

      Bruce

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      Rhonda Humphreys 5 years ago from Michigan

      What a beautiful hub. Your photo's are wonderful. Voted up and awesome.

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Borne2care2001, I know the route you mention. I am in Central Virginia and recently wrote a hub on the subtle changes that were taking place in the leaves. Two days later we had a cold snap and now the Maples have turned brilliant red and orange. I am in "fall in Virginia heaven". Thanks for sharing your friends link. I'm headed there now.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you lrc7815,

      This is a beautiful old place is it not? When we lived in Richmond my wife and I used to travel west on 64 to hike in the mountains, both the Blue Ridge and the Shenandoah's.

      Now, we get to experience the Blue Ridge of Carolina and Georgia and the Smokies of Tennessee. It may not be Kansas, but there still ain't no place like home!!!

      Thanks for the comment!

      Bruce

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thanks Gail, Paula and Bill,

      Nature is growing on me! Since we moved to the mountains and I have slowed down the frenetic pace of living the life of the pursuit of happiness, I'm actually realizing what it's like to be alive! Granted, it may have it's ups and downs but it is growing more interesting each day.

      A funny thing happened on the way to the office. (writing this hub on Hubpages) A gentleman from my former state of Virginia and other hubber told me of a similar article he wrote and was kind enough to email me instead of just posting it as part of his comment. So, for Tom Vogler and with his permission I am posting the link here for all to see another mans perspective of Fall and life! I just love Hubpages!

      http://voices.yahoo.com/autumnal-rainbows-1881892....

      I hope this is legal??? Oh well, my intention is honorable!

      Thanks to the three of you for your care and support!!!

      Sincerely,

      Bruce

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Nature has a beautiful way of teaching us if we are just open to receive the message. We are so blessed to live here in the beauty of the Blue Ridge. It is often my solace when times get tough. This was a beautiful hub. Voted up and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful job of weaving life and autumn into a powerful message. The day we stop growing and learning is the day we are put into the ground. You did a wonderful job here Bruce! Bravo my friend and I hope you are well. Have a great weekend!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Born...This is a lovely, thought-inspiring hub. I am with your wife Sophia...Autumn is also my very favorite of our four distinct seasons. Once summer ends, I am eager to watch the beauty appear all around and feel the crisp Fall air that wraps us in it's earthy fragrances....

      Your final section, describing perception of the changes in our life, perhaps serving a greater purpose, is most profound and comforting.. Thank you .....UP+++

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      What a beautiful perspective you wove throughout this hub, taking us through life's seasons and love for God and all God's creatures and creation.

      I also appreciated the stunning fall photos that your wife, Sophia, took.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

      Hub Hugs,

      Gail

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