This weekend I (Rev. Gail) bought some daffodil bulbs, and became excited about doing the Fall work in my garden. Sometimes this can seem like a chore as leaves need to be raked, shrubs need pruning, furniture put away for the season. But, working outside in the soil with our hands can also be a great stress reliever. What if we took this time as an opportunity for spiritual reflection?
While doing some yardwork or gardening, or in a park or filed, take a moment to stop and breathe in the damp goodness of the soil.
Take a long deep breath and smell the Fall air - remember the scripture "there is a season for everything...", and give thanks for the season of Fall and all that it brings.
If you are close enough to the ground or open soil, take some into your bare hand and feel its mix of moisture and humus.
Take a moment to marvel at the cycle of plants that provide nutrients into the soil, so they can grow again next year.
Reflect on the times of dormancy and growth in your spiritual life.
As you continue to pause, thank the Creator for the breath of life that fills your lungs.
Ask God to bless and guide your days, right here where you have been planted.