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

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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  1. “yet most glorious in decline”–that’s going to stick with me, Catherine. I needed that today. Thank you very much for your words.

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