This fall sure has had a lot of seasons within it. Raining and dreary one day, freezing cold sleet, hot and humid, and then days like today…perfect and cool with crunchy leaves and sunshine.
This week I received some incredibly sad news from a friend of mine. I won't go into details, but it was about as tragic as can be. A few hours later, a close friend of ours sent a photo of her newborn baby born just hours earlier.
All I can think of when I experience these moments of sadness and joy is Eccelesiastes 3
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to harvest
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep and a time to cast away;
a time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the sons of men to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time; also He has put eternity into man's mind, yet so that he cannot find what God has done from the beginning to the end.
So, as the leaves change this fall, so come the changes of life. So thankful for my two little boys today, just spending time playing outside and being so grateful that I'm their mom. God is so good. (And if you have the Byrds song "Turn Turn Turn" stuck in your head now, I'm not sorry…it's a great song!)