Fall and Autumn


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In America, we call the season from September to December Fall. It’s the time of year when daylight hours wane and the temperatures drop before it gets bitingly frigid. The season is noticeable because the leaves on the trees turn from green to orange, yellow and red before dropping to the ground.

In pre-industrial Europe this time was called harvest, which comes from the Norwegian word haust, “to gather or pluck.” As the agrarian society gave way to industrialization, and more people moved from the farms to the cities, the word harvest was replaced by Fall to recognize the fall of the leaves. 

Those who speak American-English prefer the word fall while British-English speakers use the word autumn almost without exception.

Fall is a reminder of death. It is the end of the food-growing season for six months, warm summer play and flowers and greenery. Death, however, eventually gives way to springtime when animals give birth, temperatures warm, and plants come to life with bloom.

Some worry that human activity will destroy the seasons; that global warming, climate change, and pollution will destroy the earth. God promises otherwise:

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease (Genesis 8:22). 

The Fall of Man into sin brought death to all mankind; but through Jesus, new life is possible through His death and resurrection spring from the grave.

For it by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).

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