whispered the autumn leaf


       born of spring’s budding hope

       commissioned for summer’s verdancy

       yet most glorious in decline


         urged the autumn leaf

  As he,

        in trust and gratitude

        released his hold once and for all

        surrendered into the wind

               and fell

From the Orthodox Church Funeral Service: 
“The event of death is probably the greatest spiritual, intellectual, and emotional challenge which a person must face in his earthly existence. But the Christian should be prepared to face all the events of life with unflinching courage. These inescapably include the sorrowful reality of death.”

Catherine McNiel

Catherine McNiel is a seeker who writes to open eyes to the creative and redemptive work of God in each moment. She is the author of “Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline” (NavPress 2017), and her writing has appeared in numerous books and articles. Catherine serves alongside her husband in a community-based ministry, while caring for three kids, two jobs, and one enormous garden. Connect with Catherine at or on Twitter @catherinemcniel
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