Fall is the season between summer and winter when the nights grow longer and the days shorter. When you feel a cool breeze on your face, see frost on the lawn, and hear the rustle of leaves outside your window, you know fall has arrived. The reason we call it fall in the United States is because the leaves are starting to change color and fall.

In European countries, fall is called autumn. It’s associated with the harvesting of crops and they have festivals celebrating them. It had its origin in Biblical times.

Fall is my favorite season of the year. Gone are the hot muggy days of summer, only to be greeted by cool crisp mornings and warm afternoons. From fresh apple cider to friends gathering for a wiener roast, there are many reasons to enjoy fall.

Just like all the seasons, fall has its purpose. It’s a time to remind us that winter is coming and we need to prepare for it. It’s a time to reflect on the previous year and plan for the next. It’s also a time to rest. We all need rest, even the earth. With longer nights and shorter days, God has provided a way for all of us to rest.

Another phenomenon of fall is "Indian Summer." It usually occurs after a killing frost and is a period of unusually warm weather starting late in September and extending into mid-November. Who first coined the term has been much debated. One theory concerning its origin gives credit to Native Americans because they first described it to Europeans settlers.

One of my favorite activities in the fall is to drive through the countryside. Occasionally, these trips extend into parts of West Virginia, Virginia, and Tennessee. We see the handiwork of Mother Nature when the hills and valleys explode in a kaleidoscope of colors.

William Cullen Bryant described it best when he wrote, "Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile."