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Truth For Every Season

Updated on October 7, 2012

September Song

The lyrics of September Song are enchanting: “Oh, 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…”  

Once again summer is pulling its annual disappearing act. Autumn is prepared to stretch its wings in spectacular wonder; color is showing in some trees, with a promise of more blazing changes to come. Cool nights and crisp mornings have replaced the hazy days of August. Everyone is geared up for fall activities, with eyes already focused on the pumpkins and costumes of Halloween.

Schools are open. Parents have exhaled in delight while teachers took a deep breath in preparation for the challenges ahead. Hallways that were relatively quiet a month ago are now humming with conversation. Students of all ages are grumbling, but if you look real close you’ll detect a slight twinkle in their eyes. Their social calendars are full and anticipation swirls just below the surface of their everyday routine.

Politics As Usual

On the political front, senators and congressman have returned to Washington with gusto and fanfare, but little dignity. The argument over healthcare reform goes on and on and on, with plenty of red-meat hyperbole from all sides.

Any pretense of bipartisanship on behalf of citizens crumbled in the wake of party-line bickering. The rhetorical push and shove has all the charm of a jackhammer pounding away outside one’s window. The yak-yak-yak yada-yada-yada of the never-ending strategy to sway public opinion is grating in the extreme.

Games of one-upmanship never lose their appeal to politicians. Our representatives roam the corridors of power to supposedly do the people’s business, though I’m not quite sure what slicing and dicing baloney has to do with governing.

President Obama is neck deep in troubles with the tide rising fast. He is a good and decent man, but evidently ill-equipped or ill-prepared for the rancorous reality of Washington. He had, and perhaps still has, an opportunity to accomplish some beneficial goals, but to do so, he must demonstrate take-charge leadership. He’d do well to rip a page out of Teddy Roosevelt’s playbook.

Roosevelt was a populist conservative who managed to placate his right-wing base while at the same time taking them on and tacking to the political center where he governed with tremendous success. Obama is a populist liberal who appeases his left-wing base and is beholding to them; there is no indication that he has the cojones or gravel in his gut to confront them.

To have a successful presidency Obama must find the wherewithal to put the left-wing on notice and hang tough. He talks a good game about building bridges across political divides, but up to this point it has been nothing more than well-crafted speeches.

A question from the summer has been gathering heat in recent days: How is it that anyone who disagrees with President Obama on any front gets accused of being a racist? He is not being criticized for the color of his skin, but for the content of his policies. Contrary to the prevailing winds of opinion, it is possible to be opposed to his legislative agenda based on worldview or experience.

Those expressing legitimate opposition to the administration’s direction undergo a drive-by heart examination performed by pundits mostly concerned with generating higher ratings. The news/entertainment punditocracy have become professional agitators, stirring up the most contemptible instincts of human nature to secure their market shares. The tragedy is that people unwilling to critically think gobble up this race-baiting demagoguery because the mainstream media has an air of legitimacy that it may no longer deserve.

It is time to place dreary political observations in the circular file.

Essential Truth

What really matters as summer and autumn overlap, is that in this ever-changing world with its shifting priorities, there is a never-changing continuity ordered by our Creator. God is sovereign; the universe unfolds according to his eternal purpose.

The intricate beauty of each seasonal transformation ought to cause even cynics to reflect on the marvelous mystery of life. A hymn-writer put it well: “Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest. Sun, moon and stars in their courses above. Join with all nature in manifold witness, to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.”

Who paints leaves in breathtaking shades and hues? Who spreads dew across the morning landscape, turning it to frost when the days grow short? Who covers the earth beneath a wintry blanket that fashions the miracle of rebirth every spring?

The answer: Our Heavenly Father. And casting its long shadow over all creation is the cross of Calvary, which reconciles us to God. That, my friends, is the essential truth of every season.


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      Ken R. Abell 8 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Thank you, Kim. Appreciate you stopping by & sharing words of encouragement. Blessings to you.

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      Kim Garcia 8 years ago

      Beautiful and so well written!! I love Indian Summer, I believe it's my favorite time of the year in Pennsylvania, where my mother lives now. Great Essential Truth "Our Heavenly Father. And casting its long shadow over all creation is the cross of Calvary, which reconciles us to God. That, my friends, is the essential truth of every season." Beautiful Words. Thank you so much for sharing this visual!! Peace n' Blessings! ~ K

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      Ken R. Abell 8 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      habee - Thanks for sharing here. Fall is most definitely my favorite time of year, even on dreary gray days like today. Hope you have a chance to check out "Lessons From A Friend". It's about my Sheltie. Blessings to you.

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Beautiful, inspiring hub. Fall is my favorite time of year! I also believe God is in control!

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      Ken R. Abell 8 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Thanks, Charlie. I do not recall you ever being particularly mean. I do actually remember a lesson or two you taught - one in particular about monarch butterflies that I think of almost every spring when they emerge from their cocoons.

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      cpedley 8 years ago from Canada

      Very well written Ken.

      I understand what Patful says but I think the style you are writing in is a journalistic or conversational style which does not always fit the mold of an essay.

      Being a hub, which in a sense is a social network, I think your transitions are fine and appropriate as they would be after talking passionately about a topic to a friend and then realizing the seriousness of your tone, change to a lighter topic, indicating your realization that what is done is done.

      We can complain and release some steam but in the end, WE are not in charge of the outcomes. REminds me of a favorite passage from the Psalms.

      Psalm 139:13-35 (New International Version)

      13 For you created my inmost being;

      you knit me together in my mother's womb.

      14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

      your works are wonderful,

      I know that full well.

      15 My frame was not hidden from you

      when I was made in the secret place.

      When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

      16 your eyes saw my unformed body.

      All the days ordained for me

      were written in your book

      before one of them came to be.

      And perhaps it is appropriate given the location to say "Hubba! Hubba! Write on!" [globally known as a Pedley joke (:-)]

      from Ken's former mean science teacher,


      Charles Pedley

      For some EARTH-SHATTERING NEWS, see

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      Ken R. Abell 8 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Thanks, James. Much appreciated encouragement.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed this Hub. I like that way you transitioned from Autumn to the politicians coming back to session—where you made very wise observations—to the reality that God is in control of the rest of the world just as he is the changing of the seasons. That first photo is exquisite, by the way. Excellent work!

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      Ken R. Abell 8 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Patful - Thanks for your words of encouragement & suggestions. I will, as they say, take them under advisement & consider them carefully.

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      patful 8 years ago

      I'm new here myself, and I don't pretend to understand the scoring system. I've spent time in creating hubs, figuring that I'll get around some day to "studying the system". After reading this hub, here are some thoughts: You write with ease, a smooth flow, a mastery of words, a touch of poetry throughout.

      But forgive the question: what is your point? The hub starts out with a poetic tribute to the autumn time of the year. But then you get into politics, which changes the tone of the whole deal. Then you conclude with some appropriate thoughts on God's importance in our daily lives.

      I'm looking at this as a reader, not as a knowledgeable person in the Hub scoring routine. The tags do seem a bit general...but first I would put the politics in one hub, and the "beautiful autumn" in another.

      Your skills as a writer are obvious. No problem there. And maybe my observations are not those of anybody else. But, as you work on the 30-days-30-hubs challenge, I would strain, sift, refine the topics so that they are tightly organized, with parts that blend smoothly.

      Just a thought. Good luck on meeting the goal. I think you'll do fine.