the best Wake Forest fall-colors yet!

God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways;
    he does great things beyond our understanding. – Job 37:5

Sometimes I’m out running an errand, or walking the dog, or visiting with my parents – and the beauty of the world around me grabs at me for my attention. The word to describe this is “arresting.” I am literally brought to a halt and I am taken into custody, as it were, by this sense of wonder.

This happened several times during the day Monday. I took a load to the recycling facility, then I dropped something off at the church, then I went next door to spend some time with my folks. But time and again the message was the same: “Open your eyes, Derek! Take a pause, and be grateful for what you see.”

– David and Grace Maul

So here it is – some of it, at least. Trees mostly, showing off this sudden crescendo of color.

But then my parents, too. We went out onto their deck and sat, chatting, for a good chunk of the afternoon. The unique blessing of presence, and the beauty – God’s creative life – of this world.

Enjoy – I know I did – DEREK

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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