A festival shadows the foliage …

“Hold the summer Festival of Harvest when you bring in the first fruits of all your work in the fields.” Exodus 23:16

As I walked down the lane, I noticed one tree had leaves already changing from green to a beautiful shade of red. It’s early in September, and I didn’t expect autumn to happen so quickly. In another month the fall festivals will begin.

Festivals have been celebrated as early as the days of Moses when he mandated men to come together twice a year to celebrate. Everyone was to bring offerings to show respect and gratitude to God.

Each year early in October, the town of Bedford, Pennsylvania, hosts two weekends of Foliage Festival. The streets are shut down and buses shuttle thousands of people into the town normally inhabited by around 3,000 people. Downtown becomes a sea of people milling around, visiting craft booths, standing in long lines at food trucks and stands to buy trendy fried food and local restaurant favorites, or listening to street entertainers.

Instead of bringing gifts to the festival to honor God, the participants will take home souvenirs and treasurers. And, with all the excitement of the festival, they may miss the beautiful display of the foliage surrounding the town.

I’m not fond of crowds, but curiosity will win, and I’ll go. I will try to slip away  and feast my eyes on the lovely mountain foliage display all around the town.

Lord, the nature show you provide is a sign of your glory. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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