Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bare bones

At my feet a riot of color.
Strong winds and lashings of rain have swept the leaves away.

You can see the beautiful bones of the walnut, beech and maple now. Their essence and strength are revealed in ways we didn't see when they were clothed with summer's lush excess.

So it is when difficulty pares us down and the essence of a person shows through.
There is no hiding behind the temporary things. The real self is revealed.

And I am so thankful that I like what is shining through. 

It's been a season when many of my friends and yes, even I, have found in the autumn trees a metaphor for our own lives.
How wonderful that the roots are strong. The branches are holding firm. 
Let the winds blow. We're living lives that are deep.

It's autumn and there is much to be thankful for.


Jane Shasky said...

Sharyn, thank you for your beautiful words, my true they are :)

Caroline Simas said...

AMEN! Love this post and you!

jjlarson said...

Your words have most definitely touched deeply within my soul today. Thank you, sometimes it's hard to remember the inner strength that we possess and what a wonderful gift that is.
Jami Larson

Sharyn Sowell said...

Yes, Jami, I thought of your family when I wrote this, and other friends who are going through hard seasons. I thank God for a foundation that keeps us strong when times are difficult. Hug your brother and sister in law for me, I am praying for you all. Don't forget that spring always follows winter and you will all laugh again. Sending you warm love.

Jane Shasky said...

Sharyn, thank you for your beautiful words, my friend....all soooo true.

Sharyn Sowell said...

Jane, You have proven yourself one of those tough women this year. You are strong. I have been praying for you. Lots of love.Your comment means so much. You knew I was thinking of you, didn't you?