Friday, August 20, 2010

Seasons


As we summer draws to a close, it is already cooling off here in Maine. Leaves are even beginning to change. Soon a new season will be upon us.

I'm experiencing my own change of seasons right now as well. I had come home from my Writers Conference and gone to visit Dad the next day. Here I am taking a few minutes on the porch, trying to get back in my writing mode so I can meet my Sept. 15th deadline for my novel, after setting my conference duties aside. Dad really wants me to finish the book and he's helped me so much by offering his expertise on certain topics pertaining to the characters and setting. But he has been rapidly declining, and by the next day was sent to the hospital in crisis. After being with him and my Mom for the past few days, without a change of clothes or medicine for myself, I had to come home and regroup. So before I go to bed I thought I'd post a little update to let you know where I've been. Many of you have been keeping up with me on facebook and I cannot tell you how I appreciate all of your love and prayers. As my Stepdad faces his final journey in this life I ask for continued prayer for comfort and peace. He'll be 77 years old on Sunday, his years soon will fade into the eternal. A difficult, and yet precious, season in all of our lives.

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones,
and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

11 comments :

  1. I wonder what season I am in right now. I have been praying for a breakthrough in a certain area and am hoping it is coming to pass. :O)

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  2. I'm thinking of you in this tender season of life.

    As a side, we visited Maine recently and I fell head over heels in love.
    ~ Wendy

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  3. Carla, you and my family are in my thoughts and prayers. I lost my dad just three months ago, and my sympathies over everything you're feeling are yours.

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  4. Carla,
    That was beautiful! I love that Scripture passage, too. Thank you. We are holding you all up to our Heavenly Father and pray that He will sustain you ALL at this time and give Uncle Ron peace. May He shelter you under His wings and comfort you during this season. Love you.

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  5. Carla, I'm praying for you and your family as I write this, and praying for peace for you all. What a time. It's amazing to me that you even take time to post here--you are a considerate person, and a blessing. I lost my daddy nearly 13 years ago; my husband has lost two dads. His father passed away when Duane was a youngster, and then we lost his second dad a couple years after my dad passed away. Duane's comment about loved ones not being with us at family functions and such? "They have the best seat to watch from."
    Peace be with you,
    Shauna

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  6. ((((((Carla)))))) I'm so sorry about your stepdad...

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  7. For the past four days I've been traveling, getting only spotty internet connection (home now), but you have been in my thoughts. While we traveled we prayed for your Dad as he entered eternity, and prayed for you. [[[[Carla]]]]

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  8. Hi Carla -

    Praying for you and your family.

    Hugs,
    Susan

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  9. Carla, I hope this is a bittersweet, and not just bitter, time for your stepfather and all of you. How wonderful that you have an ability -- writing -- that can bless others.

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  10. Praying for you and your family, Carla. What a difficult time of life, yet not without hope. May God's grace and peace rest on you!

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  11. Still hot here in western Nebraska. I love fall, but I'm always sorry to see summer fade into cold, gray winter!

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