Leaves Leaving Life


Ready for check out for a bus on a Watertown street.

A shopping cart full of leaves — I wonder why. Was someone using the cart to transport leaves after raking? Were they carefully selecting leaves and tenderly placing them in the cart for an (enormous) art project? Were they just goofing around?

No idea. But the cart full of leaves is beautiful. All this live matter, coming to the end of its colorful productivity, preparing for a season of decomposition, when it will cease to be what it is, and yield itself to nourishing what is next.  Leaves getting ready to check out. We often pay people to collect them and take them away in this season. And then we go buy mulch or compost or something else to protect and nurture the earth. Huh.

Inside of each of us, leaves are turning, seasons ending, chapters drawing to a close. Ignoring all this, in our discomfort with it, in our impatience to get to the next bright and shiny thing, is such a shame. For creation is always happening, God always reconfiguring and reimaging and representing possibility within and around us. It has always been so, as Mark Bozzuti-Jones writes:

God did not go elsewhere to begin creation, but instead entered into the formlessness and void that the world had to offer. From this God educated, or drew out, light and all that followed from the darkness and confusion. ….no other landscape exists in which we can work except to engage in the messiness of human life and seek to bring light and productivity from it. (from “Informed by Faith”)

Let the leaves fall. A blessing on them in their dropping, and in their disintegration, and in their formlessness, and in their confusion. Let there be new light. Let their be new life. Let us welcome it.


About amymccreath

I'm a pastor and mother who loves to make connections between people, between ideas, and between stuff we label "sacred" and "secular." I aspire to be like a Cedar of Lebanon in the midst of the changes and chances of life, but like most folks, generally find that I can really only navigate the tumult hand in hand with others. Good coffee helps, too.
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One Response to Leaves Leaving Life

  1. louisefor says:

    Interesting how we rake leaves then bring in mulch. This fall I ran out of compost bin space so I’m cutting plants and leaving them in place. Pruning raspberries too but cutting up the second year canes on the spot. This feels really good. Who will spend the next six months gnawing the iris blade-like leaves? Is this a function of considering retirement or is it out of necessity? Actually it is a fascination with recycling. My friend Terese is teaching me the financial cost of WAtertown moving our STUFF to andover. Amy i find you photograph compelling just as i do the ecology of life.

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