I have a small soap box I need to get on right now.
I would like to publicly proclaim that I think raking leaves is ridiculous.
I said it.
Never in my life have I enjoyed raking leaves--I'm sure most of you don't. But I also never understand why we rake leaves. Are we really just that vain about our yards? Personally, I think it's weird to see a perfectly groomed, leafless lawn in the middle of fall. The colors on the ground are glorious. And besides that, why rake more than once a season. If you really want to rake up those leaves at least wait until ALL the leaves have fallen. OR, if you're lucky, wait until the wind blows them into someone else's yard.
But have you ever stopped to think--maybe God created the seasons this way. Maybe we're not supposed to rake the leaves. After all, there is a reason for every shift in the environment. The leaves fall to the ground, they degrade into the soil thus enriching it and bringing new life to the grass and the tree from which they fell.
So no, we're not going to rake up our leaves. And I'm going to try to ignore the comments and raised eyebrows of those who look at us like we're some sort of outcast. All because we're leaving God's circle of seasons to do its thing.
/steps off of soapbox./