Wednesday, February 8, 2012

WINTER HAS COME


You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.

It seems just yesterday that I was a young man, just married and embarking on my new life.

And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all...  And I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams...

But, here it is...the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my babies go? And where did my youth go?

I remember well...seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like...

But, here it is...wife retired yesterday and she's really getting gray...she moves slower and I see an older woman now. She's in much better shape than me...but, I see the great change...

Not the one I married who was dark haired and young ... but, like me, her age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore...it's mandatory! ‘Cause if I don't on my own free will...I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things.

But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...This I know, that when it's over...I will enjoy the Spring in the arms of my loving Father...and wait for my loved ones to come when their winter is over too...

So, if you’re not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly!

For remember that scripture...our life is but a vapor, it vanished away...So, do what you can today, because you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!

You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life... so, live for the Lord today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...

  




1 comment:

  1. "The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.
    -Robert Frost
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    The often lovely dark and deep distractions of life and the almost imperceptible passage of life's time can conspire to blind our eyes to the change of life's inevitable seasons.
    Once I was the child of the man, then the man of the child. Now I watch as my own children and grandchildren are slowly transformed in like manner.
    I have been blessed with a sunny, happy life in which some rain did surely fall but always the rainbow was there to guide me.
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    I am reminded of the oft told tale where a rich man asked a Zen master to write a blessing that could encourage the happiness of his family for years to come. It would be something that the family could cherish for generations. On a large piece of paper, the master wrote, "Grandfather dies, Father dies, son dies."
    The rich man became angry when he saw the master's work. "I asked you to write something down that could bring happiness to my family. Why do you give me this?"
    "If your child should die before you," the master answered, "this would bring unbearable grief to your family. If your grandchild should die before your child, this also would bring great sorrow. If your family, generation after generation, disappears in order, it will be the natural course of life. This is true happiness."
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    Now I am the grandfather in the story. My heart sees the story differently then when I heard it as a small boy.
    It is troubling when considered out of the larger context of the stream of life.
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    "And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead."
    2 Chronicles 9:31 (1769 King James Version)

    -Dan

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