I was one of those nerds who always liked school. Shopping for school supplies was a thrill. I remember getting the latest magazine my mom ordered for us, looking at all the pictures of the girls in their cute fall clothes with coordinating hats. I love hats. I couldn’t wait until the latest fall JC Penney and Sears and Roebuck catalogs came in the mail. Back then, people shopped a lot by catalog. Now it’s online shopping. But I digress. The point is … back to school holds so many precious memories for me. And every year I get to hold new ones near and dear to my heart as my daughter goes through school. Time goes so fast. She’ll be in college before I know it. Sigh.
In my school days, I remember as summer came to a close, the air would eventually turn cooler, the leaves would begin to fall, and I’d run through them– enjoying the crunching sound they made beneath my feet. Okay. I still do the run through the leaves and crunching beneath my feet thing.
When my daughter was little, we’d go down every single aisle together exploring and picking up what we’d need for the new year. We’d visit Hobby Lobby for the latest art supplies. Ah, the memories of elementary school. Now that my daughter is in high school, it’s mostly ink pens, mechanical pencils, extra lead, college ruled paper, spiral notebooks, three-ring binders, index cards, new debate box, and legal pads. But it’s still fun.
Our church believes strongly in reaching out in the community. Not long ago, our pastor gave a short sermon, the information desk handed out shopping lists for school supplies, and we were sent out to shop for the supplies highlighted on our lists. The supplies would go to those children in our community that couldn’t get the supplies they needed. We were to bring our bounty back to the church in 45 minutes. Walmart didn’t know what hit ‘em. I met people in our church on that shopping excursion that I hadn’t been introduced to yet,as we all helped one another find the items on our lists in the crowd we created. It was a very cool experience.
I think because I’ve always loved reading and learning, school was always something I looked forward to. Autumn is my favorite season. Some look at it that plants from the spring and summer are gradually dying as things head into winter and hibernation. But not me. I’ve always seen it each season brings something new. Autumn is a time of new beginnings. And I love the leaves as they turn color. Mums bloom in fall. They’re one of my favorite flowers.
I think God’s Word says it best. Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”
May God bless you as you embark upon the path He’s set before you this autumn.