a harbinger

Come, fair repentance, daughter of the skies!
Soft harbinger of soon returning virtue;
The weeping messenger of grace from heaven.

Thomas Browne


(red amongst the summer green /Julie Cook / 2020)

Harbinger as a noun: something that foreshadows a future event:
something that gives an anticipatory sign of what is to come

Harbinger as a verb: to give a warning or prediction of

I’ve written about harbingers before and usually, those posts were related to changing
seasons and or weather.

However, when I was out in the yard, picking ripe tomatoes in the heat of an early August
afternoon, sweat dripping from my face…finding a fully red, fall-like leaf, sitting alone
and somewhat forlorn in the green parched yard of summer…well,
things seemed a bit out of sorts.

My thoughts were not of a coming Fall, along with the changing of leaves and cooling temps…
but rather my mind wandered elsewhere.

When I think of the word harbinger, I don’t think of a heralding of sorts but rather I think
of that which is more foreboding…as in ominous.

A shadowing of sorts.

Seems about right given our current state of affairs…

More on the subject soon…

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves,
and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

2 Chronicles 7:14

10 comments on “a harbinger

  1. Sue Cass says:

    I’m not sure it would be called a harbinger but the Lord has been giving me “preparation” instructions for some time now on what is to come before this upcoming election and it is ominous. Anxious to read what you write on “more of this subject.”

  2. K.L. Hale says:

    Interesting and thought-provoking. I understand. 🍁💚

  3. oneta hayes says:

    Where are you leading us? Hummm.

  4. hatrack4 says:

    You and Sandra J wrote about Autumn coming early. How interesting.

    • Not that I think it is— in previous years— I would see such things in nature as those little signs that the seasons were to be changing but this leaf seemed more ominous than an early fall, etc-
      There was something more ominous to seeing it— not a that a happy peace that this blasted heat would be disappearing anytime soon but something else.

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