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Joanna Depue "DJ/Deacon J" writes original songs and liturgies, does daily Farm office work and records Barbara's eMos on The Geranium Farm. A singer and dog trainer she utilizes healing touch in her private massage practice. PLEASE share YOUR original ideas for worship, special liturgies, prayers, songs, sermons and noteworthy blogs right here.
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Thursday, October 20, 2005

To every thing there is a season......

Let me go on record. I am NOT a 'Fall' person. I am a summer person. I go into October quietly - and not so quietly sometimes - inwardly kicking and screaming. It is painful to give up the warmth and the light and the comfort of late August/early September summer. It is dark getting up and dark coming home from work. Ugh.

Here on the east coast we are not getting the spectacular foliage we had become accustomed to. The leaves - at first due to drought - drained from green to funky yellow, faded and fell. Last week - due to the torrential rains - they came pounding down still attached to tree limbs, a sad shadow of what they had been. With the passing days the trees become more bare, increasingly spare, naked and humbled by the passing of time and seasons.

Coming into my mid-years I reluctantly look to nature for a disarming reality and realize God had something up the proverbial sleeve with the seasons concept. There is an ebb and flow to things on a colossal and microscopic level. There is a beginning, middle and end. And, born through Baptism in Christ we believe we will be transformed again to a new beginning.

Facing this ultimate [duh!] reality doesn't come easily to most of us. If it did and we were more spiritually evolved people, "cosmetic" surgery would be an anomaly rather than pedestrian. It is uncomfortable, annoying, frustrating and sometimes depressing growing old, living with some of the business that comes with a body that reflects the passage of time with candid gravity. That which once was up has, somehow over the years, slowly slid down. Hu-rumph.

The single handle I have in this season of loss is on the horizon... advent. Something, someone is coming. Watch carefully for the light in the darkness. Not the same kind of darkness from the tomb to the Resurrection; a different kind of light altogether... a longing light, an expectant light, a yearning light.

Hope. Hope in the darkness. Hope for love, for belonging, for victory against all odds. It is coming, it will come, He will come. Watch, wait, hope.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This gave me comfort. Knowing my brother is in the fall/winter of his life I forgot that there is a resurrection and new body coming for him.

Thank you.

12:15 PM  

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