Seasons of Life

Seasons of Life

All throughout the Bible, followers of Jesus are reminded to express our gratitude for all the Lord has done for us by teaching, singing and work. Colossians 3:16 (HCSB) says it well, Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God.

For many 2019 has been a difficult year. Some may suffer financially and when that is true, we often forget to express our gratitude for those things that are most important – our health, our families, our work but most of all our salvation – the work that Jesus completed for us on the cross. Some may suffer with physical illnesses or challenges – their own or a loved one. We become overwhelmed and our minds go to dark places.

There is a song from Fiddler on the Roof, Sunrise, Sunset, which reminds us that the seasons of life come, and the seasons of life go and before we turnaround twice, it’s almost 2020.

Sunrise, sunset

Sunrise, sunset

Swiftly fly the years

One season following another

Laden with happiness and tears

Long before Fiddler on the Roof was conceived, the Old Testament writer of Ecclesiastes penned the following:

Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.  The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north;

round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.

Ecclesiastes 1:4-7

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Paul reminded his friends in Thessalonica (and us today) to Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). It is God’s will that we give thanks in all circumstances.

It is God’s will that we give thanks in all circumstances.

For the next several moments, before you move on to your next task or assignment, find a sheet of paper and a pen and write down those things for which you are most grateful. Remember all the things you can see but also remember those eternal memories that you may not be able to see with human eyes but with the eyes of your heart. In all things, give thanks!

Remember, God loves you unconditionally, wants the best for you and longs for your thanksgiving to rise to the throne room of grace!!

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Karen McGuire

Karen McGuire came to Lead Like Jesus in February 2004 following the first Lead Like Jesus Celebration in Birmingham, Alabama, in November 2003, where she served as the volunteer coordinator. She comes with vast experience in local church ministry and denominational work and has been instrumental in the formation of several successful nonprofit ventures, including two churches, a seminary, a medical missions organization, and a welfare-to-work program. Karen served on several church staffs, held many volunteer positions in her local church, and is a Bible study teacher and seminar and retreat leader. She has one son and two young adult granddaughters.

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