Posted by: erinmelissa | January 27, 2009

Ellen Ann Burns


I saw a leaf fall to the ground today…

For an entire season it had clung proudly to its place, gleaming brightly in the summer sun.  It had felt its usefulness and beauty.  But when embraced to Autumn’s cold breast, its beauty faded; it became shriveled and sere.  Still, it clung tenaciously to its accustomed spot on the branch.  After much urging by a gentle wind, it wavered between its desire to remain with the known, and the desire to experience the unknown.  Finally, it embarked on its new adventure, and sailed happily with the breeze and gently fluttered to join many of its cold companions, and to meet many of a brighter hue.  When it came to rest, I think I heard it release a sigh of contentment.

I am now in the summer of my life – enjoying my place, feeling of some use and service.  When the late Autumn of my life comes, I think I shall be like that leaf I saw fall today.  Certainly, I shall hesitate to leave the accustomed.  But I know that once the great adventure is begun, I shall sail into eternal contentment.

You who see the leaf of my life fade and fall; Do not mistake that final breath as a groan.  It will be a joyful sigh of release into the hands of my Great God, Creator and Savior.

CW Smith – November 14, 1972

‘”Oh, death, where is your victory?  Oh, death, where is your sting?’  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  1 Cor. 15:55-57



  1. Praying for you today friend. What an amazing quote–especially for those of us who saw CW in the Autumn of his life…couldn’t be more true.

  2. Thank you for your post Erin….it was bittersweet in the best way possible.

  3. That’s beautiful.

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