In this season when fiery leaves whisper across the path at my feet and the riverbank becomes a still mirror of rainbow hues, even tiny yellow finches shine brighter than gold! And all the world blazons with a fresh-kindled HOPE to my soul! A spirit of ADVENTURE seems written in all this bolder than bold color glory. And a sort of thrill at MYSTERIES about to be solved.
I hear Julie Andrews’ pure bell-like voice in my mind, breathily proposing as Maria… “When God closes a door… somewhere… He opens a window!”
Yet…though something in me loves that thought, another part says…I am not awaiting windows, Lord. They seem a bit like a crevice made to sneak through. No, I am turning my eyes to You for wide-open, solidly built doorways! Beautifully scrolled ironwork gates opening upon hills and hills of new life promise. I’m walking along this trail now… thoughtful… softly kicking stones out of my way, skipping them over the Autumn painted water on the breath of my prayer.
I’m listening to birdcall bouncing, echoing here, there… following along the edges of the wood… walking over covered bridges…leaning into Your whispers directing me to that yet secret garden gate, or two, or three.
And in this moment… when nothing seems changed to my senses… when my hands are upturned to you… my song still lifting…my spirit soars like the banner of a scarlet sumac hedgerow. I believe I’m just coming round the corner… for I remember Your promise… feel you folding it into my hands for safekeeping… You open doors and gates to me that no one can shut! I hold Your promise palm upwards to You in thankful trust… and breathless anticipation.
Because every word from your mouth is as unbreakable and sure as this… most radiant…season.
© Pam Depoyan
AND NOW FOR A FUN EARLY CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY AT THE START OF AUTUMN!
It’s Christmas! is due out on October 8th… but I’d like to give one of you a sneak peek copy!
At the moment, I have to limit this to nearby postal areas. If you live in the U.S. or Canada just leave me a comment on this post anytime between Sept. 19 and Sept 24. Mention the book…tell me something you cherish about Christmas…or simply say “count me in” and I’ll enter you in the random draw!
So far…I’ve only allowed myself to read the first few stories in the book (wanting to savor them closer to Christmas), and of course flipped through to see my own in print 🙂 (one of those open doors He’s blessed me with after a number of unaccepted tries!) but there’s just something about Christmas stories that keeps us wanting more, isn’t there?
DON’T FORGET YOUR COMMENT TO ENTER!
I still love the classic pen & ink version, but thought I’d try adding a little Autumn color – what do you think?
Interested in available prints or an original tailored for you? Check out my pen & ink HOME PORTRAITS link above.
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Melissa at 31-Days Fall Nesting linky party (be sure to hop over to her site and see all her gorgeous fall photos!)