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Summer Comings and Goings


Summer Lily
"Summer Lily" photo by Russell E.Willis

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, . . . (Ecclesiastes 3)


We are just halfway through the Summer of 2022 and we are wondering where did the time go and what's next? This Summer Lily from my front yard tells the same story.


A bright new flower dominates the scene, but tucked up behind a couple of the petals is what is left of an earlier bloom. It is true in nature, it is true in human life, it is even true in faith. We cannot escape the comings and goings of life, the seasons of life, the cycle of life and death itself.


But this flower illustrates one of the most significant truths of our faith. Life is a gift of God to be treasured. Each moment of life presents its own beauty, its own joy. Life is meant to be lived to the fullest, and then we move on to what is next.


What is next may be yet another beautiful bloom. It may not. But in each moment of life, in each movement from one moment to the next, even in the last moments (which we will discover are not "last" at all!), God is with us and nothing can separate us from the love of God.


Have a wonder-filled Summer!


Pastor Russ



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