For Everything There Is A Season…

Before we took down the tree each year, Dad would always say a prayer that we would be together the next Christmas. I cling to that prayer, which serves as a reminder that it’s important to be grateful in the present for the people you love because, well, you never know. Catherine Hicks

Meditation: Sometimes we are just able to enjoy what is, and we don’t think much further than being in the here and now. Being able to savor life in this way is a gift. At other times our moments of great joy are accompanied by the awareness that nothing is permanent. This could either tempt us to limit our feelings of joy and stop us from savoring life, or it can heighten our joy and gratitude for what we have and experience. Sometimes I look at my girls. In four years they will be off to college and probably live away from home. This awareness makes me feel a little sad, especially when I look at them from a past perspective and how they and we were as a young family. However, when I choose to see them from the future and from the perspective of who they are becoming, I feel excited, as I see them in a different light. I anticipate us as a family with grown children, as four adults staying connected while living more independent lives. And then the here and now captures both: who we are and were and who we are and will become. The past and the future are interwoven. Holding on and letting go, dancing and weeping, embracing and refraining from embracing are becoming close and not necessarily opposite experiences. Life is more a “both and” than an “either or”…

Prayer: God, we savor this season we call the time “in between the years”. Help us to not see life necessarily as only opposite experiences, but more so as the future and the past being deeply interwoven. Teach us how to sometimes laugh and weep at the same time. Help us mourn and yet enjoy moments of dancing as well. Let us keep what needs keeping, and help us let go of what needs to be thrown away. Fill us with Your joy and Your wisdom when to engage in what, so that we become fully present and remain fully alive. Amen

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to build up, And a time to break down; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to laugh, And a time to weep; A time to dance, And a time to mourn. Ecclesiastes 3