[For all people…]
As I took the garbage out, the crisp air revealed that Autumn would quickly be coming to a close. With Winter fast approaching, my thoughts turned to my least favorite season.
If I had any grievances with Winter as a child, I don’t remember them, however, as I grew older I began to feel the season in my body. (I don’t hate Winter, but I do struggle with the affects of it.)
Although this bone chilling season can be, at times, a bit grey, to me, I do enjoy when the bare trees are sprinkled with snow. I also enjoy the change in clothing. Sweaters and scarves come out of hiding, and Winter boots finally see some wear again. (I do have a thing for boots!) Winter days also beg for warmer drinks and meals. All of these things can be very comforting and peaceful.
(Pics courtesy of Pixabay.com)
The Winter of One’s Life
This darker season has long been used to describe the closing years of one’s life. Though I haven’t entered this season, myself, both Andrew and I do have aging parents. Actually, I still don’t see my parents as elderly, but the numbers reveal that they are in their “golden years” of adulthood.
Why are these years referred to as the golden years? Well, apparently this phrase was coined in a 1959 add campaign to promote a retirement community. The idea was to sell those 55+ on an active way of life. A second childhood as it were. (Source: Rowleylegal.com)
Wisdom, Love and Character
If you’re in, or approaching, the Winter of your life, this season doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Far from it! You have so much to offer. With age comes wisdom, and the love you have to give means so much to your friends and loved ones. Older folks have character. They can also be quite the characters!
As frail tree limbs have a beauty all their own, Winter reveals that true beauty never fades. Instead, it is deeply embedded in the heart. If that inner beauty has been cultivated, it will continue to shine through, you can be a brighter ray of sunshine than you know.
Just the Beginning
If you know Christ, than you also know, without a doubt, that the best is still yet to come. Let this fill you with joy!
“Jesus said to her, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, relies on) Me [as Savior] will live even if he dies; and everyone who lives and believes in Me [as Savior] will never die. Do you believe this?”” (AMP)
Perhaps, these years truly are the golden years. Winter isn’t the end. It’s just the waiting room to a season of eternal peace and joy for those who belong to God. When we are laid to rest, we know that we will be with our Lord in heaven. (Ecclesiastes 12:7)
“Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.” -C.S. Lewis
Sadly, for those who die without accepting Jesus as Lord, they will meet their Creator on far less celebratory terms. (Matthew 8:11-12) Therefore, let’s continue to pray for all who still need to receive the gift of salvation. Who better to fit this bill than those who may be physically limited or shut-in. Make the most of Winter, especially if you’re in the closing chapter of your earthly existence.
This is the last you’ll see of me till the New Year. I’ve decided to take a break from blogging so that I can start the new year refreshed. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy 2020!!!
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.” –1 Timothy 2:1-6
“…But [Jesus] has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself. Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him. –Hebrews 9:26-28