Occasionally I take a walk in the Maplewood Mall on a Saturday afternoon, which is not my usual time for taking a walk. My favorite time to walk or run is in the morning. Taking a walk the Saturday before or after school is finished reveals some real changes.
We live one day at a time. Every day as we read the daily paper, we likely read some new news. One day last week several articles on the front page of the newspaper caught my attention. Some were a repeat of past days; others were new to me. All or at least much of life is that way. We certainly do not know what April will bring. Everyday is like that.
Some parts of our daily living schedules change little with the changing seasons. Other parts change considerably from one season to the next. Some areas should change; others probably should not. Then there are those hard to make decisions. Prayer gives us insight.
Much of life consists of starting, doing and finishing. Even that which is ongoing in a sense has a start and a finish. Naturally these can and do vary. Some are short and sort of automatic, others longer and probably planned.
This is a wonderful time of the year. Thanksgiving is recent history. The big holiday of Christmas is so special. It is ironic that God’s heavenly family was pulled apart in a sense. The Father and the Holy Spirit were with the Son Jesus who then came to earth to Bethlehem as a baby in a manger. He came to earth to start preparing for the purchase of us on the cross.
A couple weeks ago Norma and I took a drive up north to look at the leaves. We always enjoy the beautiful fall colors. Last week we took a short ride east and south to enjoy the leaves. And now when we look out the window we see mostly trees with bare branches. The green has almost all disappeared. “Times have changed” as the old saying goes.
Six months ago the trees and lawns were spring green, now they are turning brown. We have many memories of changing seasons. We have many memories of different kinds of changing season in life. Thirty years ago we enjoyed some things we probably have forgotten by now.
Friday, September 18 was the date for our annual North St. Paul Community Prayer Breakfast held at K & J Catering which always serves a beautiful buffet.. Each year we listen to beautiful music and hear a dynamic speaker. The special music by Luke Olson and Nate Greenwalt was just outstanding. A comment that we hear year after year is “This was the best prayer breakfast ever.” Naturally that which is fresh in our mind gives us a clearer picture of the speaker. Whether an experience is good or bad, the impression of the most recent tends to speak the loudest to us.
Let’s see, what am I going to do today? Whether we think about it consciously or not, we probably do have the question. The little child may say, “Mommy, I’m hungry.” The older person may just do what he or she wants to do without saying anything. At ages 78 and 84, my dear wife and I do things by habit or by planning. Whatever and however we do it there is value in thinking about and having a plan. And of course this is always subject to change.