I think October is one of the most beautiful months of the year. This year has been especially lovely because we haven't had much rain. The sun shining through the multicolored leaves creates a golden glow all around. The wind ripples the branches and the leaves begin to drift softly to the ground. Sometimes the leaves rain down like a shower quickly coating the grass like a winter blanket, making footsteps audible with a crunch, crunch, crunch.
I love the bright orange pumpkins as they decorate the neighborhoods and even better are those who take time to gather cornstalks to accent the lamppost. The rusty mums add their beauty to the scene with brilliant colors so warm and vibrant. Accents of Indian corn, gourds, squash and baskets of apples sitting on a bale of golden oat straw create monuments of thanksgiving to the Lord Almighty.
There is no better time to visit a pumpkin patch or an apple orchard and to awaken the senses to the symbols of October. The pungent smell of cornfields standing ready to pick and the fragrance of apple cider spiced with cinnamon and cloves alert the body to the changing seasons. The brilliant blue sky accents the landscape with its beauty.
"The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, Look! This is something new? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time" (Ecclesiastes 1:8b, 9 NIV).