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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Winter (11/14/05)

TITLE: The Winter Of My Years
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11/15/05


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The phrase, "Now is the winter of our discontent" spoken in Shakespeare's play has no place in the winter of my years. I am very content. Older, whiter haired, plumper and content.

It wasn't always that way and yet I believe the Lord has designed the seasons of my life with a perfect pattern. The theme of it starts with the fresh, spring like, optimism of youth, sprinkled with the tartness of occasional problems but quickly sweetened by the knowledge and hope of a brighter future.

The scorching summer years that help to mature middle age, and left scars that are reminders of painful mistakes and unfulfilled dreams, fade out as they're replaced with healing thoughts of retirement and new changes.

As that time approaches, in the autumn of life, when everything quiets down a bit and new and precious people enter, like the gems of grandchildren and the priceless friends who enjoy to share a pot of coffee and a bible study, the pattern is almost complete.

And so it was, when a trip to a hospital emergency room for six sutures, made me realize that I had entered the winter of my life. Observing a nurse jotting down my medical history I noted that she described me as an "elderly woman". As I recovered from my sutured wound and the jolt of my new title I made a decision to look ahead optimistically. And gradually I'm adapting to the final pieces of the Lord's pattern. With His divine help I accept that I sleep a little later these cooler November mornings and end the major part of my day much earlier than before. I try not to grumble when my right hip aches, going up and down the stairs, and I'm particularly careful to hang on to the banisters. But I still chuckle when my husband of fifty-one years tells me my face is so pretty, as I'm well aware that our elderly eyes play tricks with our vision.

So, now I embrace the winter of my years with a warm contentment that is blanketed with the peaceful knowledge that the Lord's pattern ends in His heavenly arms.


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Marilyn Schnepp 11/21/05
Beautiful! Just beautiful! I was with you all the way through! So true, so wise, and so wonderfully expressed. Shedding a few tears always lets me know it is well written and it was well received. God bless.
Jan Ackerson 11/21/05
Absolutely perfect.
terri tiffany11/24/05
I love your last line about the Lord's aptten ending in His arems..what a great way of describing it!
terri tiffany11/24/05
Sorry about my spelling!!Pattern ending in his arms!! Can't you tell I just woke up!:)
Shari Armstrong 11/24/05
A nice comparison of the seasons of our life. Well written.
Garnet Miller 11/25/05
Paul said "I have learned to be content whatever state I'm in." God has enough power to keep us sufficiently every day of our lives, even those "winter years"! Thanks for the lovely story:)
Nina Phillips11/25/05
I also hope to enter the elder years as gracefully, and content with God. Lovely story! Thank you for sharing. God bless ya, littlelight
Jacque Sauter12/12/05
This was very comforting. Perhaps someday I will be blessed with this peace. I hope. But God is with me with some of my unfullfilled dreams, and speaks daily to me about my faith in Him.
You are blessed.
Merry Christmas, Jacque
David&Dee Jobes01/08/06
A most beautiful anointed piece! Very well written and beautifully penned from a heart full of God's Grace!

In Christ Jesus,
Your Sister Dee
"Numbers 6:24,25,26"
Barbara Thompson-Young06/09/07
Lucille, you may be getting older, but you are also getting better, as you are being transformed into the image of what you shall one day be!