How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose, if there were no winter in our year! Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Meditation: Sometimes loving partners go through different seasons in their lives at different times. While one might experience spring and summer excitements of new beginnings and fruitful happenings, the other might experience fall and winter as painful losses and the task of letting go, and then the frost and stagnation of winter. Our love will be impacted by this “being out of sync” with each other. It is easier when both partners go through the same seasons together at the same time, as they can easily share similar feelings and experiences and support each other through their parallel experiences. However, living in different seasons at the same time is challenging. It stretches the partners. At times it looks like love is being overwhelmed or overrun by those opposite experiences. And yet, those times might teach us more about love, patience and unconditional acceptance than we ever thought possible.
Prayer: God of love, You created different seasons in nature and in our human experience for a reason. We grow and mature as individuals and as couples as we go through those seasons in life. Help us find ways to be in different seasons and yet love each other. Fill us with Your Spirit so we can hold the opposites in love. And we are grateful! Amen
It was You who set all the boundaries of the earth; You made both summer and winter. Psalm 74:17