Tuesday, June 18, 2013

To Everything There Is A Season...

Ecclesiastese 3:1-8

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what 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 seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, 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 for war, and a time for peace.
Ten years ago just after we had our youngest son, the Lord moved a sweet family into the house next to ours.  Since then we've shared life in 'the Bubble' in a way that most of America only witnesses on 'Andy Griffith Show' re-runs.  From the panicked call in the morning when either we or they are out of creamer, to needing immediate child-care when having to run a child to the ER, to their youngest bringing over pictures she'd colored or drawn, to exploding volcanoes w/ baking soda and vinegar, to borrowing dishes, butter, milk, extra chairs and more, to many days and evenings and meals sitting around their patio set...  thousands upon thousands of daily moments ...  lots of life, and laughter and tears...
Yesterday that blessed season of our lives came to a close as we said our tear-filled goodbyes and watched them drive away... on to a new adventure in Colorado Springs.  We are so thankful the Lord gave us the opportunity to share this decade of life together, and we look forward to seeing what He has in store for them...