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Topic: Summer (the season) (07/09/09)
TITLE: SUMMER REMINDER
By Rebecca Hosking
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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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