Voice of the Vestry: Fall is a time to awaken to God’s creation

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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.

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