Falling in humility
The crisp air, the green leaves turning brown in this area, and the anticipated holidays Halloween and Thanksgiving are some of the reasons many prefer fall above other seasons. Yes, when the word fall in this sense is used, we conjure up feelings in the heart which call out for children to rake leaves and run and jump and then dance and throw them in the air. We think of children counting their candy from trick or treat, and parents placing a limit on how much they can eat daily.
There are other types of fall. Consider when a child falls and scrapes his knee. There is a memory to be stored — comforting the child with bandages and tissues, and most importantly hugs and kisses.
Consider the falling of a tree. Depending on the size of it, the tree holds a certain degree of history. Perhaps a tree has fallen in your neighborhood. What story might it tell of the neighborhood’s roots? I have seen many trees that have not fallen, but instead been cut down in preparation for firewood on chilly evenings, which begin in the fall.
Lastly, I think of the falls of nations, and people who fall out of love through disunity. A reason for this kind of fall is often pride.
Pride can be a good thing if we follow the example of Christ, whose pride was in doing his Father’s work.
He created the season fall in love for us and he taught us to “beware of pride, lest we fall.”
This season may we fall in humility and in gratitude that we arise each morning to witness the rise of the sun and sometimes even the fall of raindrops.