|A New Corn Crop Emerging|
Although skiers tend to emphasize winter seasons as markers of elapsed time, I am more inclined to mark yearly progress in summers. Somewhere in my reading I encountered a story about Native Americans marking the age of children and themselves by the number of summers they lived. If asked about the age of a child they would say he or she had lived so many summers. I am not sure that this idea is authentic but I like the thought.
We know that each season has it's own purpose. I am reminded of the scripture from Ecclesiastes Chapter 3:1. "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens".
There is a season for every activity! Winter is to enjoy the slopes if you are a skier. Fall and Spring give us transitional periods to adjust our lives to new activities. Summer is a time to enjoy outdoor activities as well as to appreciate flowers, leafed trees and the productivity of the earth. But now we are in the growing season. A time to watch things grow on the land, in our yards and in our garden. And perhaps we can also think of how we can enjoy rebirth by new activities, renewed relationships and new insights in our continuing existence on this earth. In spite of our age we can always be growing in one way or another.