SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS
Picking flowers before the freeze the other night reminded me that everything has a season that passes away and, through it all, is the power and majesty of God whose love is eternal.
These flowers, planted not only in the garden but under my bedroom window, both in my daily view, brought great joy and beauty in summer and fall.
Winter’s chill came the other night, below thirty degrees, wilting the flower’s blooms, and is a reminder that winter’s season is coming soon.
It can be hard at times, to say goodbye to seasons of weather and stages of life.
We might desire to preserve the season’s bounty exactly as it was in bloom, but, like the flowers, the exact beauty changes.
Peace during the change of seasons was taught by one of my friend’s mom.
Her family and friends, told us at her celebration of life, that she had great faith in God and accepted things as they came. They remembered most her response to transitions and unexpected happenings, “It is as it is.” This perspective, they said, helped them weather life’s changes and move on.
This Bible passage from Ecclesiastes came to mind while gathering flowers before the freeze and recalling my friend’s mom’s story.
It teaches “to every thing there is a season.” Cycles of continual change “under the heaven,” are to be enjoyed in their season, lived in accord with His way, and “to do good” in our lives. And, it tells us, “to rejoice,” the constancy of God’s enduring love, and for His world that is in perfect order
“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.
“What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.” –Ecclesiastes 3: 1-12
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