And the challenges that come with them.
This has been especially true this past year.
The sudden death of a special niece the day after Christmas.
The sudden death of a brother-in-law in July.
We traveled to South Alabama both times, wanting to give support and comfort for my sisters and their famlies as we grieved the loss of loved ones.
Now months later, we are about to witness another changing season.
Soon the flowers of summer will fade and fall as the heat of summer gives
way to shorter days and cooler temperatures with the promise of another winter
to soon follow.
I don’t feel ready for another winter. Seems like we just got through the last one.
Yet I love this time of the year. The metamorphosis of Fall beckons me to feast my eyes on the beauty of the
changing season when green leaves magically turn yellow, gold, red and brown.
For me the beautiful backdrop of God’s creation causes me to pause and reflect on the faithfulness of God during the changing seasons of our lives.
Even the season of death and sorrow cannot take away the hope of seeing our loved ones again. Their death has been swallowed up in life. They are just beyond the thin veil that seperates heaven and earth.
Unlike the falling leaves, the Word of the Lord remains with us forever. We cling to the eternal and faithful promises that hold and strengthen us during times of stormy trials and grief and loss. We find peace through the Comforter who lives within us and those around us.
Our lives are like a fading flower, but we believe we will bloom in heaven for eternity.
What a great reunion in heaven awaits those who place their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, believe He died on the cross to save us from our sins, rose from the dead and ascended back to the Father where He has prepared a place for us to live with Him eternally.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)