a month of thanksgiving – day twenty-four

Today I’m thankful for seasons and weather.  Weather is amazing, I’ve always been fascinated by it.  I was the kid who always waited for the weather report on the news in the morning before getting ready for school.  Come to think of it, I still do that, though now I’m getting ready for work.  But I am so happy that I live in an area that actually sees four seasons.  Granted those are getting a little harder and harder to tell apart with each passing year.  But nonetheless, we have four seasons.  The beautiful days of spring where everything is coming back to life.  Trees and flowers are blooming, babies are being born to wildlife, the grass is once again growing green.  The air warms up and everything just feels fresh and new.  The spring gives way to the hot days of summer, but days filled with loads of outdoor activities.  Summer nights are my favorite, when the day’s heat has cooled off and the sounds of frogs and crickets chirping sing me to sleep… then, in an instant, the air turns crisp and colors start to fill the landscape… Fall has arrived.  This is my absolute favorite time of year.  I love seeing the leaves change colors.  I love watching in amazement as the earth sends all it’s creatures and living things gradually into hibernation to sleep through the cold months ahead.  It brings the season of holidays, ones for thanksgiving and remembering the birth of the One who created it all.  And finally, the world quiets as it turns slowly gray.  Winter is upon us.  Those cold, cold days of winter.  But the time of winter gives us rest.  It also, sometimes, brings the beauty of snow.  The glistening white blanket to cover all the imperfections of our world.  Yes, I love the seasons, I love weather.  I love sunny, beautiful days and I even love a dark, dreary, rainy day.  Diversity keeps it interesting, diversity reminds me that for everything there is a season.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens, a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent 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

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