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Keiser's Role A column by Trevor Keiser

Seasons of Life

December 01, 2010 - Many of you probably remember the song "To every season turn, turn turn..." sung by both the Byrds and the Beatles. Some of you may even know this song is actually taken from the Bible. Ecclesiastes 3, "There is a time for everything and every season under heaven."

I have noticed the weather starting to change once again. It's been getting darker earlier at outside, it's only 5 p.m. and it feel like 8 p.m. The sun is not rising as early in the morning anymore, either.

The air has cooled off more in the night, reaching freezing temperatures which are signs that fall is ending and winter is coming.

I am not one who likes the changing of the seasons. I become quite the "humbug Scrooge" in winter. I rather it stay summer year around. But I know the changing of the physical seasons is like the changing seasons of our lives.For example we would not appreciate the warmth of summer if we did not experience the cold of winter.

We would not appreciate the blossoming of spring if we did not experience the death of fall, just like we wouldn't understand joy if we didn't know sorrow. Or how could we understand love if we did not know hate.

The seasons of our lives help us grow, the help shape who we are and who we will become. It's learning how to embrace each season that we are in, taking it one day at a time, because every new day is one day closer to the changing of the season.

We have no more power over the seasons of our lives than we do the weather outside.

I believe God uses the seasons to show us how we need to trust Him no matter the weather rain, snow, sunshine, or cloudy. No matter the circumstance happy, sad, mad, or hurt.

The seasons expand our faith, they help give us the proper perspective that we can't remain in the same season we are in forever, but we need to be ready for the change that is about to take place.

The time has come to put on your sweat shirt and have your winter coat, hat and gloves close by. We can't look back at what was, but look ahead at what is, and what will, knowing that summer will return. And when it does we will have a greater appreciation of the warmth it brings after the cold of winter.

Trevor graduated with degrees in English and communications from Rochester College. He wrote for his college and LA View newspapers before joining The Clarkston News in May 2007.
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