Vibrant hues of red, orange and gold-colored leaves struggling to remain attached to the limbs from which they were born last spring signal the end of one and the beginning of another season.
It's November, the month that inaugurates a holiday time filled with grateful hearts and thanksgiving.
It's a time to reflect on bountiful blessings, on family, and on the truly important things that make our quality of life very good.
For most we have an abundance of food, warm comfortable homes and all the accompanying material things that we believe make life good.
For others life is not so good.
Hundreds locally, including many children, thousands across the Volunteer state, and millions nationwide are homeless.
Their days are filled with not knowing from where the next meal will come or where they may rest this evening.
Homelessness knows no borders and is not prejudice to whom it claims. Black and white, young and old and literally everywhere in the world there can be found those without food and shelter.
November is Homeless Awareness Month.
I would ask that you and your family take a moment during this holiday season and consider what you might do to help those who are homeless.
Locally we have many good organizations including our churches that will appreciate your help as they stock food shelves and clothing racks and build financial coffers to aid those desperately in need.
As chairman of Community Foundation of Wilson County, I'm particularly proud of the nonprofits locally who are dedicated to helping the homeless and look forward to our organization being in a position in the future to be more supportive of their efforts.
After all, there's no greater commandant than to "love thy neighbor as thyself."