By Kathryn Holl
It was two am when I felt a nudge from our puppy Leo to go outside. I wanted to sleep yet I felt his eyes staring at me. Quietly I walked to the door, not to awaken the household, and stepped outside with him. He walked square to the middle of the front garden and sat down. “Leo” I said “come on, what’s up?” and he just stared at me. I stepped through the doorway, barefoot, into the garden. I walked over to him and stood. In that moment I looked up. The sky was lit up with millions of stars from horizon to horizon. I stood in awe at God’s beautiful creation and universe, grateful for the stir to awaken when usually I sleep.
How often I walk around asleep even in the light of day. I can be so “busy” that I forget to notice the single red cardinal on the hedge row, the lichen formed in a perfect circle on the tree trunk, the way light touches a single leaf or a neighbor’s need.
Fall is time for me to awaken to a world God so carefully created. It is time to remember and lovingly steward my many bountiful gifts. I give thanks for the community of Grace.