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Everything in life happens for a reason



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June 01, 2011 - My youngest son recently played the role of the Cowardly Lion in his school's production of the Wizard of Oz. For those out there who have somehow missed out on experiencing this book, movie, stage production, the Lion is a scaredy cat and travels with his new found friends Dorothy, Scarecrow and Tin Man to ask the Wizard for courage. Dorothy wants to return home to Kansas, the Scarecrow wants brains and the Tin Man wants a heart.

As the story develops there are many adventures where the characters face challenges and express the qualities that they desire. The Lion demonstrates bravery, the Scarecrow intelligence and the Tin Man compassion. In the end, with the Good Witches help, Dorothy realizes there is no place like home and she had the power to go home within her all the time.

They had to go through the adventures and face the challenges they faced in order to realize their potential and to understand what is truly important in life. Things happen in our life for a reason.

"For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven." Ecc. 3:1.

I'm writing this as we head into the Memorial Day weekend, the official start of summer. With any luck and the creek didn't rise, any more than it already has, I will be putting my vegetable garden in as is my tradition. Later in the summer you will find me watching the corn grow and the flowers bloom.

Having lived on a farm and been a partner in an organic cooperative, I have a definite appreciation for the changes of the seasons. Each is necessary for the successful crop.

Spring brings the new growth, seeds sprouting, flowers blooming. With summer comes the fruitage and fall the harvest. Winter brings the necessary time of rest and renewal required to prepare for the next spring. It can't be summer all the time; even in the tropics the seasons bring changes of weather, changes in the flowers and vegetation.

My life goes through cycles and seasons. There are times when there is new growth; creative ideas are sprouting, followed by the fruitage of those ideas and the inevitable harvest of the results. And then comes winter, which I often try to resist, with its barren appearances sometimes dark and gloomy.

Eventually I accept where I am at in the cycle and realize that my attempts to make it different are just vanity. As the preacher says, "All is vanity and a striving after wind." Ecc. 1:14. What is, is.

It's my choice to continue resisting, ignoring, rejecting, complaining, etc., etc., etc., or to acknowledge, accept and embrace the natural flow of life.

"The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, 'Lo here it is!'

or 'There!' for behold the kingdom of God is in the midst of you." Luke 17:20-21.

Here and now is what is. Here and now is my time to enjoy. Here and now God is my source. And with God as my Source all I need and desire is readily provided. I open my mind and heart, my thoughts and feelings to be clear channels for Divine Spirit. I am blessed as I am a blessing to others.

And a new season begins.

Blessings of peace, joy & love

Matthew E. Long is senior minister

at Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center.

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