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Topic: Winter (11/14/05)
TITLE: The Winter Of My Years
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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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