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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Summer (the season) (07/09/09)

TITLE: SUMMER REMINDER
By Rebecca Hosking
07/09/09


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There are four seasons in the calendar and four seasons in our life. Our lives are interconnected with the change of the weather. Each season dictates different feelings and emotions. With the emotional roller coaster we find comfort in our prayers. Each season creates different wants and needs. Spring is about rejuvenation and we celebrate new opportunities. The flowers bloom and the rain washes us clean from the winterís remains. The summer reminds us how to play and brings light back into our lives. We bask in its glory and warmth. Soon the leaves start to change. The bright red and orange trees are like standing at a crossroad. We know the colors will eventually fade under a winter sky. Like the weather around us we go through our cycles of life. Sometimes prayers seem to be so commonplace with these changes we forget the origins from which the blessings came.

With the change of seasons comes change in our daily lives. The snow blocks the drive way and our car will not start. The floods come and wash away our homes. The heat kills the elderly with relentless fires. Are these unanswered prayers? We are eager for the summer to come around again and bring us back to Godís light. Many times in our lives we pray and make requests from God during the bleak periods. This is when all we can see are the clouds. Often blue skies return and we celebrate because we feel our prayers were answered. Every season should be appreciated even through the strong winds of a hurricane.

Summer is a good reminder that prayers of gratitude are the best prayers. The sun beams through the window and warms the carpet under our feet, thank you Lord. The garden is growing to the sky and puts food in our stomachs, thank you Lord. The birds singing songs in the trees pleases our ears, thank you Lord. The grey clouds bring water for nature to drink, thank you Lord.

Summer gives so many opportunities to say prayers of thanks. But we should make every season be a reminder. Summer is not the only season that brings good things. God created the world and everything in it is pure love. Let us rejoice the love by giving back to God. He is always there and every prayer is heard and answered. We do not always understand his purpose for us. When we stray we are given tests to help us find our way. We need to try and understand that sometimes what we want is not always what we need. The trials that get us from one sunny day to the next are the tests of our faith.

All seasons have their ups and downs like the collection of our days and nights. Ultimately every prayer that is made comes to fruition by the belief and work of Godís followers. God puts us on a path and we are meant to obey. We make him visible through our actions and deeds. Whenever someone does a kind gesture for us it is only right to thank them. We feel inclined to return the favor at some point like the return of summer. God is no exception and we honor him by giving back. We give to him by helping our lesser brothers during the blistering winter. A simple whisper of thank you sets our souls a soar. But actions always speak louder than words.


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Joanne Sher 07/18/09
Creative take on the topic. I like the parallels between the seasons of weather and the seasons of our life. A great reminder.