AUTUMN’S RAIMENT

(From my new book ALL YOU NEED IS MORE LOVE. The second leg of the book launch happens this Sunday, Nov. 24, with a book signing at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main Street, KCMO 64112, after the 10:30 service.)

For at least two weeks every autumn, an explosion of color blankets Kansas City and the whole of Missouri and Kansas. The traditional eruption of color in the Northeast has usually already begun, though it may be late depending on rainfall and summer conditions. Low-lying locales in Arizona and Nevada and balmy settings like the coastal areas of Texas and Florida afford other graces but not so much the enrapturing “turning of the leaves” that we enjoy here.

As autumn’s raiment is fully revealed, I suggest you make your way down Wornall Road and behold the colonnade of trees along the Harry Wiggins Trolley Track Trail (a.k.a. Brookside Trail) between Meyer and Gregory boulevards. Some afternoons, manifestations of God’s grandeur, like a 21st century burning bush, will be blindingly present there. On some mornings, the glint of sunrise will caress the tree-tops there in mauve-and-magenta majesty and all creation will seem to have risen in praise.

Our regular lives, necessarily focused on the daily routine, may keep us from visiting picture-perfect displays of autumn’s beauty in famous places elsewhere. But no worries, the beauty is already here, where you and I live, in our own famous places, right down the block and in your yard and here in the heart of the heart of the country on a stretch of neighborhood that waits to bless with effusive visual epiphanies.

There are many signs of God’s gracings in the world, but few as arresting as Kansas City’s oaks and maples offering up their generous evidence of holy transformation.

– Bob Hill

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