Wednesday, August 31, 2011

There is a Season (Part 1)....

Evenings here in northern Pennsylvania are steadily getting cooler and cooler. In fact the last few nights, our temperatures have dipped into the lower 40's. 
I can't help but get excited about crisp weather, cozy sweaters, pumpkin candles, and crunchy leaves. Autumn is definitely my favorite of the four seasons. 
As the change in the seasons occurs, I've been contemplating the many similarities between weather's seasons and life's seasons. 

season
noun /ˈsēzən/ 
seasons, plural
  1. Each of the four divisions of the year (spring, summer, autumn, and winter) marked by particular weather patterns and daylight hours, resulting from the earth's changing position with regard to the sun
    • A period of the year characterized by a particular climatic feature or marked by a particular activity, event, or festivity
      • - the rainy season
      • - the season for gathering pine needles
    • A fixed time in the year when a particular sport is played
      • - basketball season is over
    • The time of year when a particular fruit, vegetable, or other food is plentiful and in good condition
      • - the pies are made with fruit that is in season
      • - lobster season
    • An indefinite or unspecified period of time; a while
      • - this most beautiful soul, who walked with me for a season in this world
    • A proper or suitable time
      • - to everything there is a season


    Using some of these definitions and some insights I've gathered, I'd like to share a small series with you over the next couple weeks entitled,  There is a Season. I hope you'll receive a renewed perspective of the seasons that each of us face throughout our time here on earth!

    Until then, I hope you'll take a little time to meditate on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.....

    1 To everything there is a season
    A time for every purpose under heaven:
          

     2 A time to be born,
    And a time to die;
          A time to plant,
    And a time to pluck what is planted;

         

      3 A time to kill,
    And a time to heal;
          A time to break down,
    And a time to build up; 
         
      4 A time to weep,
    And a time to laugh;
          A time to mourn,
    And a time to dance;
         

      5 A time to cast away stones,
    And a time to gather stones;
          A time to embrace,
    And a time to refrain from embracing;
         

      6 A time to gain,
    And a time to lose;
          A time to keep,
    And a time to throw away; 
         
      7 A time to tear,
    And a time to sew;
          A time to keep silence,
    And a time to speak;
        

       8 A time to love,
    And a time to hate;
          A time of war,
    And a time of peace.

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    Photo Credits:
    Summer Sky
    Spring
    Fall Lake Trees
    Winter