There are parallels that can be seen throughout all of nature and our lives. This is no surprise since all of creation bears the autograph of our one Creator. Among these parallels is the idea of seasons; the rhythm of births and deaths throughout our journey to Heaven.
We all agree that for humans there is one day in which we physically are born, and one day in which we physically die; but what about all those moments in between?
Because we are Christians, throughout our lives we share in Christ's birth, life, death, and resurrection. Our sharing in these events of Jesus are not just one time occasions. Yes, we died with Christ at our Baptism. Yes, we will share in his resurrection when we pass away. But throughout our lives, we go through seasons of dying and rising as well. And just like the coming of the season of Fall is out of our control, so too are the seasons of struggle and joy throughout our lives.
It's often tempting to become frustrated with the fact that there are circumstances and seasons that are out of our control. I sometimes feel that, "Why can't it just stay like this forever?" This is especially true during the months of the year when I realize just how much I enjoyed the long sunny days of summer, and they are slipping away. But, we all know that although there are cold days ahead, with wind and shoveling of snow, Spring will come again, and so will Summer. And how good will those seasons feel after experiencing the hardships of winter!
These ideas of Winter to Summer are true for our journeys as well. Although we may not want the days of goodness and ease to go away, we know that if we face the inevitable cold and challenges, Summer will return and we will have a renewed gratitude for it. Furthermore, our lives will be more united to Christ's, for he is with us at every step and every season.
So when a season begins to change in your life, be reminded of the hope we have as believers that the sun will shine again. These seasons will come and go, even if we may not want them to. But one day, we will finally share in the
eternal season of life.
Below are two songs which you may enjoy.
This is a song we have introduced here at St. Jude parish, "God Beyond All Names."
This song is by Nichole Nordeman, and it is very fittingly entitled, "Every Season."
In Christ's Peace,