When Autumn Leaves Start To Fall

Just think, before we had words to represent things, people had to sit out in front of their caves at night and dream them up.

FRED:  “Hey, Wilma, what’s a word for those round things on my footmobile?

WILMA:  Fred, if you wouldn’t spend so much time with your crossword puzzles, we’d have more words to help us talk to each other.”

As a word, automne crossed the Channel from France, coming ashore ‘neath Dover’s cliffs where it changed its spelling to autumn.  Fall is shorthand for “the fall of the leaf.”  The Old English feallan meant “to fall” or “to die.”

This is the season when, if we’ve planned wisely, we’ll enjoy a plentiful harvest.  Our Creator said you must plant a seed in the ground and let it die if you want to produce many new kernels.  If you don’t, it will end up as one, lonely, dead seed.  He should know. He chose to die in your place.  Do you know the word for that?

It’s love.

"Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.”  Ecclesiastes 12:13