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Topic: Season(s) of a year or life (01/13/11)
TITLE: Fleeting Moments
By Jim Oates
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A life is made up of moments. Moments are those brief periods of time filled with the events that filled my mind so that I often lost track of time. Beginning with seconds and minutes then hours that turn into days and months, the years that followed turned into the seasons of my life.
If I were to chose the time of life I would like to remain, it would be summer and autumn. What a wonderfully, delightful time of the year to be living. I believe on entering manhood I was at my strongest in summer. It was also the time the most beautiful girl in the world came into my life, we married and raised four wonderful children. It was also the time I found God, or rather He found me, or was it that I became aware of His love for me.
Oh,yes! The glorious days of summer, a time of work and play and love. Love of family and the delight of watching our children grow. Grow into their teen years then to see them mature into responsible young adults. With adulthood the cycle begins again.
Autumn seemed to sneak up on me when I least expected it. Our children turned into parents and oh my! The delight of becoming grandparents. That was kind of fun, life was a little easier and now the responsibility of raising the next generation belonged to someone else. I found autumn to be a great time of year, the heat of summer has been turned down allowing me to enjoy my retirement years. The leaves on the trees have changed colour and so has my hair. The nest has only two occupants now, and with that comes less responsibility and more time to devote to each other. Time to travel and enjoy this great land of ours as well as devoting more time to our Creator.
The clouds darkened and the cold winds blew and before I realized what was happening, winter has wrapped its icy arms around me. The nest has only one occupant now, the loss of my spouse has caused much grief but God is still here and He has a way of soothing and comforting even when the cold winds blow.
Winter too, is only for a season, then that great resurrection and the promised eternal spring will be here. All things will be made new, loved ones will be reunited as well as meeting Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour face to face.
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