Have you noticed the great colors out for fall? I have especially fallen in love with the deep purples and plums… Seeing how October is basically here, there are so many festivals and activities in town this weekend! The Greek Fest, The Art Show in Colonial Williamsburg, a fish fry, The State Fair, Pumpkinville is open, and the corn maze in Charles City. Everyone should at least do something to salute the beginning of fall. Last night I made a batch of chili, and today I am wearing closed toed shoes (my feet are looking haggard)! The nights have turned brisk, and yesterday during my commute, via bicycle, to work I had to wear arm warmers! Fall truly is such bliss!!
I stood, a mendicant of God,
Before His royal throne
And begged Him for one priceless gift
For me to call my own.
I took the gift from out His hand,
But as I would depart,
I cried, “But, Lord, this is a thorn,
And it has pierced my heart!
This is a strange and hurtful gift
Which Thou hast given me.”
He said, “I love to give good gifts;
I gave My best to thee.”
I took it home, and though at first
The cruel thorn hurt sore,
As long years passed, I grew at last
To love it more and more.
I learned He never gives a thorn
Without this added grace:
He takes the thorn to pin aside
The veil which hides His face!
Martha Snell Nicholson