Thankful for the Change of Seasons

On Day 6 of our 30 Days Thankful Challenge, we’ll give thanks for the change of seasons.

Surrendering to fall can bring melancholy feelings, for those who resist change, and want the long, sunny days and mild, starry nights, to go on and on.

And there’s the shift into winter, a time when living things go dormant, plants die, animals hibernate and the world goes quiet for its dark and wintry sleep. Winter is the worst change of seasons for many people who dread the cold!

But winter gives way to the amazing and miraculous burst of life that is spring, and the world waking up as life renews itself.

At this time of year, can we find it in ourselves to embrace the transformation? The brisk feeling in the air. The beautiful colors of falling leaves – gold, orange, crimson. The year drawing to a close, and the bountiful harvest.

Seasons can mean different things depending on where you live. In some parts of the world, there’s a dry season and a rainy season. Or, winter prevails for most of the year, while summer is just a brief flirtation.

Some tropical places have a long stretch of amazing, warm tropical weather followed by a period of frequent storms and turbulence.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 – “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. . .”

JOURNAL EXERCISE:
Give Thanks for the Change of Seasons

No matter where you live, changing seasons is inevitable.

What are your feelings about the change in seasons?

Do you hunger for the light and warmth, and hunker down in misery to tough out turbulent times?

Have you ever though that the change of seasons brings balance to the climate, allowing the cycle of life to continue?

Do you feel a special appreciation for a certain season? Which is your favorite? Why?

Do you think you’d appreciate it less if you didn’t have the opposite season to expect for part of the time? How so?

Spend some time exploring the beauty of nature that’s present in all seasons where you are.

Take a sensory exploration of the world around you during different seasons.

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