Thought For The Day 09/23/13


Come Little Leaves




“To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.”

George Santayana


We had a lovely tradition in our family when my children were little. They always heralded fall by singing a song that their grandmother taught them. Based on a poem written by George Cooper, “Come Little Leaves” was the perfect way to explain to them about what the changing seasons represent and how the seasons of nature mirror the seasons of the life of man! You see, even very young children are acutely aware of differences in an aging appearance, and while they do not yet understand that for some, it can be that difference that sometimes affects how that person is perceived within society, it is still important for us to teach them that life experiences and our differences, whether of skin color or age, is worthy of reverence and respect!


There is a lesson to be learned about this in the book of Ecclesiastes, and while the author of this book of the Bible is not absolutely known, it is attributed to Solomon. And why not! We believe that Ecclesiastes is the autobiography of the Koheleth, or Teacher, and since the teacher introduces himself as a son of David and a King, believing that the author is Solomon fits. Add to this that many of the passages of Ecclesiastes reveals wise truths, and it seems as if it must be he. However, this book also teaches that so much of our actions are in vain. And one must wonder if someone with the purported wisdom of Solomon would pen such shallow and irreverent thoughts. Regardless, since the author does not ascribe a message of everlasting life to the truths he espouses, we can infer that it is because the hope for resurrection does not yet exist, and won’t for another 500 years, or so. However, understanding who wrote Ecclesiastes is less important that remembering some of life’s essentials that it shares.


Life in general, is cyclic, and as such, there is much to support the view we take today, that the more life changes, the more it stays the same. Yes, there are inequities and yes, so much of what people do is useless because these behaviors do not guarantee the one thing that Christians today hold to be absolute…..that accepting Christ as one’s personal Savior gives us a reservation in God’s Kingdom on high. But regardless of this, Ecclesiastes still shares with us that we must learn from the seasons of life and we must trust that it is His purpose for our welfare that guides us.


Look at what the most famous verses contained in Ecclesiastes tells us. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV), “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time for war and a time for peace.” So we must be reverent and remember God, and we must align our living to His will! And as we watch the little leaves dance in Autumn, and the snowfall come Winter, we must remember that there is a purpose for all of the things that happen here on Earth….even if we don’t understand what that purpose is!


Come Little Leaves

 written by the American poet George Cooper (1838–1927)
music by Thomas J. Crawford.
“Come, little leaves,” 
Said the wind one day,
“Come over the meadows 
With me, and play;
Put on your dresses 
Of red and gold;
Summer is gone, 
And the days grow cold.”Soon as the leaves 
Heard the wind’s loud call,
Down they came fluttering, 
One and all;
Over the meadows 
They danced and flew,
Singing the soft
Little songs they knew.

Dancing and flying 
The little leaves went;
Winter had called them 
And they were content,
Soon fast asleep 
In their earthy beds,
The snow laid a soft mantle
Over their heads.

To view a YouTube video of this song, click the arrow on the screen below.


“I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.”

Ecclesiastes 3:14 NIV


Copyright © 2011-2013 “MandysPath” Ministry


About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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