Golden autumn moves forward into silvery-gray winter. It is only forward do the seasons march, hibernating for quiet, cold months before growth is ready to break forth into spring. And that is our hope, isn't it? That despite the sometimes difficult journey forward, we hold onto the encouraging words of friends and the eternal promise of our faith - not unlike waiting for the green growth of spring.
And so, time continues to move on. Traditions are examined while the reality of true friendship is pondered yet again. Deep introspection leads to bold honesty and steadfast determination of who we are as we take the tentative steps forward with faith and courage, waiting on the Master to light the way. As we marvel at the fleeting beauty of autumn, we will be content in the winter hibernation that is upon us while waiting for time to bring the new season.
...The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the LORD.
If you will call your troubles experiences,
and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you,
you will grow vigorous and happy,
however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.