Changing Seasons

Do you embrace the changing seasons? I admit, sometimes I wish I lived in a place where the climate is always moderate or that I did not have to face the reality of the Lenten season. 

We recently had a guest from Hawaii visit Colorado with my daughter. She had never been to the mountains so we introduced her with eagerness to our big Rocky Mountain play land. We planned a day of snow shoeing and borrowed snow shoes from neighbors. We packed snacks for the trail and outfitted our Hawaiian guest with the proper snow gear for the day. As we were getting ready, she made the comment, "Seasons are a lot of work." I smiled. Yes I guess so but so much fun and enjoyment lay ahead for the day. We were excited to share "our" mountains.

Our day of snowshoeing was fun and full of sunshine. We even showed our guest how to make her first snow angel. 😇 

I have reflected on her comment about seasons being a lot of work, and I am thankful for changing seasons both with nature and our church. 

I realize the importance of the changing church seasons, the necessary repentance in Lent and the resulting joy in the resurrection with the hope and promise of eternal life at Easter, the commemoration of Pentecost, the remembering of our Saints that have passed before us on All Saints Sunday, the joy of experiencing a baptism or wedding, the consoling and sorrow filled funerals from losing a loved one, and the waiting for Jesus at Christmas. These are all monumental seasons and observances that help us grow in Christ.

Dear God, thank you for blessing us with the seasons of the church and the gifts of each season in nature. Help us to experience the joy and significance of each. Thanks for the signs of new life reflected with the awakening of dormant plants and the celebration of the Easter promise of eternal life. In this Easter season, we also pray for peace and love.

Wendy Saathoff

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