BEAUTY IN THE LANDSCAPE OF GOOD-BYE By Lori A Alicea

Oh, the front row seat reserved for the season of fall.

That theater seat hidden from most eyes whose view and song take your breath away from the silent music played from their symphony of color.

A score composed each year bringing audiences to their feet in applause during the season of fall when every note of red, orange, yellow and brown harmoniously blends to play in perfect pitch a song most have only heard in their dreams.
fall-forest-5.jpgAccompanied by the bright and morning sun, its brilliance awakens a chorus heard for miles.
Fall Forest 3The duet of leaves set aflame and its mirrored reflection crescendos until the conductor of fall allows winter to take its stage.

First allowing though the musicians of color to take one last and final bow, bidding their audience good-bye.
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I’ve often wondered what the Creator had in mind when he designed the “good-bye of leaves” to be so beautiful.

Was he trying to paint us a “picture of comfort” that “good-bye” is just as glorious and magnificent as “hello”?

Did the heat from the morning light shining through the forest trees warm as a fall sweater, a security blanket from the Creator reminding us to “Be Not Afraid”?

As the leaves take their place on the ground with all the other fallen, did you still sense the safe place in the Creator’s arms while he whispered,

“I will never leave you alone?”
Fall Forest 4Good-bye is such a lonely place in winter.
Winter’s bareness brings to your remembrance when the fullness of life was evident.

Winter’s chill doesn’t comfort but the Creator still peeks in as He promised “to never leave you alone.”

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Winter’s days and winter’s nights seem to mark off more days on the calendar than fall and relief from the lonely chill of “good-bye” isn’t any closer today than yesterday.
Winter 2Without warning and without fanfare but just as faithful and expected as night turns into day, the joy of spring has returned with your bitter season of winter now a faded memory.

You take off that winter coat of good-bye as the chill is now gone, sprouting new life and new beginnings.
Spring Forest 4Bouquets of flowers and blankets of blooms cover those leaves that bid farewell during the former season of fall,

Our Creator’s constant reminder there’s beauty in the landscape of good-bye.
fall-forest-1.jpgGood-bye requires our letting go.

Yet in exchange life continues to overflow our baskets with new hello’s, while still cherishing the good-bye’s of yesterday.
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In our good-bye,

May we live with a joyful confidence, yet at the same time we take delight in the thought of leaving our bodies behind to be at home with the Lord.   2 Corinthians 5:8 TPT       

Oh, that we cherish each “hello” that greets us.
May we waste not today, sparing tomorrows regret if a new day arrives with an unexpected good-bye.

Lord, Teach us to number our days..  Psalm 90:12 NIV

Remembering that “good-bye is but a mere breath from “hello”.

“Good-bye” this side of eternity’s shore is “hello” from the water’s edge of the other,
Where loved ones wait and rejoice when they see the mere glimpse of our face.

The season of fall will always follow our season of life in the summer.

Prepare and embrace what our Creator designed for each of us in fall
amid the beautiful landscape of good-bye.

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Author Lori A Alicea and her beloved husband David of 24 years thank you for sharing a moment of your day with them at Apples of Gold Encouragement. It is their desire you experience their heart for family, love, encouragement and God through the words God has put on Lori’s heart to write. They are hopeful you discover a few treasures of encouragement, realizing we all share common threads in our lives. Be blessed in your day.

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