Article: the beauty of Autumn

Newry Cathedral News

The autumn equinox marks the start of the season, and this year, it will take place on September 23 at 6.50am. As the autumn season arrives, Christians can find much symbolism and spiritual meaning in the changing of the leaves. Just as the trees and hedgerows transform into vivid colours of red, orange, and yellow, autumn is a time for Christians to reflect on transformations in their spiritual lives.

The Bible reminds us that there is a season for everything under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Autumn ushers in a period of changes, but amidst the transformations, God’s presence remains constant,”Lord, through all generations you have been our home” (Psalm 90:1).

The autumn leaves fading and falling from trees can represent how we must let go of aspects of our lives that are fading away. Just as the trees weather the storms and frosts, Christians can cling to God through all of life’s ups and downs. The trees show resilience, and we too can demonstrate resilience and perseverance in our faith.
Autumn is often seen as a melancholy season, with the shortening daylight and life in nature declining. But autumn is also a season of abundance and generosity. Apple orchards overflow with fruit, pumpkins proliferate in fields, and nut trees provide their bounty. Christians can reflect on all that God has provided and demonstrate generosity during this season of thanksgiving.

The cooler autumn temperatures urge us to savour the warmth of community. We gather and give thanks. Autumn reminds us of the importance of family, friends, and fellowship. We share the blessings God has so abundantly bestowed. The autumn season gives us a visible picture of passing time. We are reminded that our life on this earth is fleeting. The Bible compares our life to grass that withers and fades (Psalm 103:15-16, Isaiah 40:6-8). Autumn points ahead to the winter, just as our earthly sojourn points toward an eternal home with Christ. 
As the autumn leaves fall to nourish the soil, we can be nourished and renewed by reflecting on God’s providence in times of change. The beauty of autumn displays the creativity of God. Autumn’s transformations—both in nature and spiritually—give us the chance to praise the One who makes all things new.