I love the fall season.
- I love knowing the election cycle is over…even though I may or may not agree with the elected candidates for each office. No more political ads!
- I love the sky laced in whites and softer blues.
- I love watching the farmer’s harvesting their crops.
- I love the sound of falling leaves, their quiet whisper reminding me of life’s cycles.
- I love jumping into a pile of freshly raked leaves even when that means I need to rake them again.
- I love the deeper colors nature exhibits as it prepares for hibernation.
- I love the cool, crisp air that pinks my cheeks.
- I love the smell of the warm fire in the fireplace warding off this new chill.
- I love fall sweaters and sweatshirts. How they wrap you and me in comfort.
- The best thing about fall? I love Thanksgiving. Unlike other U.S. holidays, this one focuses on stopping and recalling everything for which I am thankful. It reminds me that I am blessed by the people I know and loved—present and past.
No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. St. Ambrose
The Thanksgiving holiday reminds me that our founding fathers recognized it was good to give thanks to the Father for His protection and care.
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.
(Opening quote from the Thanksgiving Proclamation signed by George Washington, President of the United States of America, October 3, 1789)
Whether you enjoy the cooler temperatures or live in an area of this world that remains moderate the entire year, it is appropriate to practice giving thanks every day.
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
In this fall season, I pray you will celebrate every day by proclaiming thanks. Be thankful for your family, your friends, and all the other things you can identify.
The extraordinary truth is that blessings are all around us. We just need to refocus our attention on them.
The thankful heart sees the best part of every situation. It sees problems and weaknesses as opportunities, struggles as refining tools, and sinners as saints in progress. Francis Frangipane
What are you thankful for? Leave a comment below.
Live your legacy today,
Kirsten D. Samuel
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