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Pastor Claudia, Interim Pastor

The Season

 In Ecclesiastes 3, A Time for Everything, Israel’s third king Solomon writes: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (3:1)

 When we think of seasons, we often think of spring, summer, fall and winter. As I write this, the weatherman predicts that today may very well be the end of summer temperatures. (I hope he is right!) We’re expecting it to be 95 degrees or above today, but tomorrow and the days that follow should be in the mid-70s. Ahh!

 Fall is my favorite season. I gripe about winter, I’m thankful for spring, I gripe about summer, but I love fall. I love the smell of the harvest. I love the fall colors. I love the beautiful sunsets. I love the angle of the sun. The air somehow seems crisper, cleaner, clearer.  

 But, we also have seasons in life. Some seasons bring great joy like births, birthdays, graduations, love, marriage, anniversaries, grandparenting. Other seasons bring great pain: illness, death, loss, war. Solomon writes that there is “a time to be born and a time to die,” “a time to weep and a time to laugh,” “A time to mourn and a time to dance,” (3:1,4) We have little control over our lives, whether we view events as favorable or not. But God in His mighty power makes “everything beautiful in its time.” (3:11)

 I was reminded of a recent Our Daily Bread devotion that in seasons of heartache, we can trust that in time God will bring something good from them.  Our comforts and joys may come and go, but God’s work “will endure forever.” (3:14) We may not appreciate every season – some are quite painful – yet He, God, can bring beauty to them all.

 Regardless of the season in which you find yourself, look around. Look for the beauty. Look for the blessings. Look for the presence of God. He is there.

 To God be the Glory!

 Claudia McCain

Interim Pastor






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