October

Autumn at Muckross House, Killarney

October and the trees are stripped bare
Of all they wear.
What do I care?

October and kingdoms rise
And kingdoms fall
But you go on
And on.

The words of this beautiful song by U2 (link) have been going around my mind these past few days.  The wind is blowing autumn leaves across roads and fields, the air is getting cooler and we await the onset of winter.

But why does Bono say ‘what do I care?’  I’m no expert on U2 lyrics, look to Steve Stockman for that, but as I read the words they speak to me of a God who is constant and unchanging and who is steadfast through time.  Our seasons come and go, countries rise and fall in importance, we are born, we live and we die but through it all God goes on and on.  Perhaps in seeing and understanding this, Bono develops a sense of the eternal – and maybe the ups and downs of this life only find their true meaning in the context of eternity…

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