Two songs keep digging into my consciousness like ear-worms, reminding me that despite the pandemic, climate change and the uncertain future, Autumn comes around with comforting regularity. The signs of Autumn may be delayed by Indian summers, and in the long term the seasons may merge, but nature is awesome in its ability to adapt and amaze us.
This is a reworking of an Autumn term Primary School favourite, sung in assemblies and now sung only in my head. There is always a reason to be thankful for small everyday things.
Autumn days when the grass is jewelled and the silk inside a chestnut shell, Lacy spiderwebs sparkling with dew, All these things I love so well.
Another favourite tune that keeps playing in my head, especially when out running or walking, come rain or shine, is…
Oh Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, Consider all the worlds thy hand has made, I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, They power throughout the universe displayed. Then sings my soul, my saviour God to thee, How great thou art! How great thou art! Then sings my soul, my saviour God to thee, How great thou art! How great thou art!
And for me ….
When the clouds appear and the rain drops fall as tears, I doubt he's there, and wonder if it's true. Then my soul, aches for affirmation And I turn to him, my God, my faith renewed. Then sings my soul ...