Autumn is associated with welcome cooling from the summer heat and a season when in dry areas the earth receives rain. In temperate regions, it is the time of year that is visually past its best. Signs of aging are everywhere. The beauty of new life has disappeared, and adorable young animals have grown up and lost their special cuteness. Nonetheless, this season has its own beauty – such as in the changing colours of deciduous trees ranging from yellow to orange to red to brown. The autumn is also time to harvest ripe, delicious fruit and express gratitude with rejoicing over God’s goodness.
The autumn of human life is likewise a time past one’s physical best. The reproductive capacity ceases, strength and energy diminish, and wrinkles and gray hair become unmistakable evidence of getting older. To compensate however, “a harvest” of children and grandchildren may be a blessing from God. Fur-thermore, the fruit of the Holy Spirit is often more evident than before – love, peace, joy, patience, goodness – accompanied by godly wisdom gained through the years of walking with God.
 Psalm 127:3-5; 128:3-6; Proverbs 2:6; 16:31; 17:6; Galatians 5:22-25; James 1:5
From: Divine Reflections in Times and Seasons by Eva Peck