I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today's prompt is "Season" Write for five minutes; unedited.
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace."--Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Growing up on the prairies of North Dakota, I have always loved living in an area of the world where we experience four distinct seasons. I love in the spring watching new animals and new life come to fruition. In the summer, it is my joy to watch farmers especially my family tend and care for the land. In later summer/early fall, I love watching the grain, sunflowers, corn fields come even more to life. Then as Fall gives way watching as those fields are harvested. Then in the winter months, everything is covered in white as the snow covers the ground. This year, it is unseasonably warm and there is like no snow on the ground. It was 40 degrees yesterday!
Each of these seasons has their role in caring and stewarding for the land just like our lives have different seasons too. Seasons of life and death; seasons of joy and sorrow, seasons of war and peace. This week has been a week of death; a season of death that came way too early. My seminary friend Laura lost her battle with cancer earlier this week. My heart breaks for her daughters who have now lost both parents to cancer. It just doesn't seem fair. In fact, it rather sucks!
Laura was an incredible woman who always turned to Christ even in the last moments of her life. * She continued to teach even until those last moments. "Be gentle with yourselves while you are grieving and tell those that you love that you love them and know that you are loved." Those words from her are a reminder of this season of waiting and trusting in Emmanuel who comes as the light in the midst of the darkness. "The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it."
So during this season of Advent, may we take time to dwell and wait for the birth of Emmanuel "God with us" who promises to never leave us or forsake us. May we tell those that we love that we love them and treasure the time we share together. May we simply remember the true reason for this season.."For God so loved the world that God gave God's only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send God's Son into the world to condemn the world, but to give eternal life."
*This is where my five minutes stopped.