Minister Fred Craddock once asked a Cherokee Chief what story he tells the little children in his village about the beginning of the world. And this was the chief’s response:
"I tell them that the Great Spirit created everything starting in the fall of the year. The world started in the autumn. Because all the fruit and vegetables and nuts are ripe and gathered and everyone has food to eat and that gives them a wonderful thing to remember. And remembering it as the winter comes on they hope for it again. So it is autumn and only autumn that provides both memory and hope. And if you don’t have that you can’t live."