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When Seasons Change

March 12, 2015

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Started an email today. Wrote the subject “Time Out”, but couldn’t think of what to write. So I sent it.

Decided to go for a walk. but before I did I went to this:

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what 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 seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to tear, 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 for war, and a time for peace.

On the drive to the lake, the above, in the form of a song, came on the radio. The photo above was taken as I walked the lake – autumn leaves in winter’s ice on a spring day. I came home and wrote:

Winter comes. It happens.

Seasons are.

One can deny winter, but it is. It will be. Wearing an autumn coat will not keep autumn. It will only make winter colder.

Winter is not longer if one loves it. It is not shorter if one hates it. Neither is it shorter if one loves it or longer if one hates it. It is exactly the same length for the one who embraces winter as for the one who shuns it.

The seasons are not accidents. They are not because they are. They are because they were created to be.

“And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons…'” Just as God created man and gave him life, he created seasons …for reasons.

If the seasons are created by God, they cannot be anything but beautiful.

“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”

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Winter maybe cold and leafless, but it is the cold and leaflessness that give it its beauty. One can see a leafless tree or one can see the beauty of its form and the design of its branches.

Just as God created seasons, he created us. He gave us life. And he compares the stages of life to seasons – each wonderfully created and beautiful …and complex beyond understanding.

I do not know what season we, as a family, are in. I just know whatever season we were in we are in no longer. Things have changed. Things will never be the same.

Dad will never be who he was. Yet he is. With all his faults, I already miss him.

We’ve moved him three times in three months. It was not our plan. Was it God’s? Regardless, he will work it for good.

Dad will never live in his house again. Hard to fathom. Does he know? It’s hard to know.

Should we bring him back? Some say no. I say yes. Who knows? God. Will he tell?

It’s an unexperienced season. Can we enjoy? Can we see the beauty? He’s still dad.

The complexity of seasons.

Mom – sorting through life. Cabinets and drawers and containers of stuff – just stuff, yet not. Each stuff holds a story. Some only mom knows.

Tables covered with stories.

We’re told to take what we want. We take the stories we know. We don’t have time for more. We’re in a project. We have deadlines to meet, moves to make, a house to sell.

Are we missing the beauty of the season? Should we take time to hear the stories even if we don’t have room for the stuff of the stories?

A time to keep, and a time to cast away;

Seasons.

To see the leafless beauty.

And a mom fills another garbage bag with stories.

A time to weep.

A time to love.

To take the time.

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  1. Rick Sikkink #
    March 12, 2015

    You are truly a man of tremendous talent. Your artistic photographic eye, your knowledge and ability to design beautiful, useful spaces. Your ability to put into eloquent words, thoughts many of us have felt, yet, been unable to express. Your deep abiding faith that shines through your written word and photography! This time of turmoil and change in your family dynamic, the changes that come regardless if we are prepared for them or not you share and help other of us know we are not alone in these thoughts.

    These are things that I admire in your life. That and 5$ may buy you a cup of coffee :) But I do thank you for allowing me to get a glimpse of your active mind in use. God’s Blessings to you and your family.

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