The Changing of Seasons

The Changing of Seasons by J.E.B. Spredemann

I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year. It’s probably my favorite season, although it’s really hard to pick a favorite. I believe that each season has a beauty all its own.

The weather is turning colder. Our thoughts turn to warm cozy fires and spending time indoors with loved ones or reading a good book. Or a stack of good books. 😉

What it is it about this season that seems to bring on a sense of nostalgia? For me, it’s looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas in the coming months. It’s memories of going to Grandma and Grandpa’s house (which I can no longer do because they’re gone now ☹) and sharing stories and love and laughter with my crazy family. It’s watching the kinner sled down the hill in the snow – which I’m hoping to get a lot of this year. And yes, I said ‘watching’ the kinner, because it seems like every time I attempt to do something my younger self loved, I’m reminded of my age. Like the last time I went roller skating and lost a tooth after being knocked down by a little boy. Not a pretty sight! (Yes, I give you permission to laugh.) Now, I’m content to stay on the sidelines and just watch.

But I think what I like best about this season, is it’s a time of reflection. I look around me – at the leaves changing colors and gently falling to the ground, the animals donning their winter coats, the harvesting of the feed corn and tobacco – and I’m reminded of God’s goodness. How He provides what we need in every season, whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual.

No matter what stage you’re at in your journey, know that God is always good and He provides in every season.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite passages from the book of Ecclesiastes:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

And finally…

He hath made every thing beautiful in his timeEcclesiastes 3:11a

What about YOU? Do you have a favorite season? Tell us what you enjoy about it.

Blessings,

J. Spredemann

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