Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Reason for All Seasons

Post by: Frank Oligmuller

I was recently looking out the window and taking in what was a very pleasant Spring day. And, from further pondering, I thought of how quickly the recent Winter had passed with Summer, I am sure, peeking around the corner. Subsequently, the next Fall will be following right behind.

As Christians, we also embed the Advent and Lent periods as additional seasons during the year. Christmas day and Easter as seen as the end of those seasons respectively. The phrase “He is the reason for the season” is commonly used during those time frames, especially Christmas. I so often try to convince myself to carry the spirit of those additional seasons into the days, weeks, and months following. But, for a variety of reasons, going back to the routine days of the standard seasons then take over and I soon find myself being overcome with the trappings of this world.

In curiosity, I perused the New Testament and saw a couple references to a time of the year. In John 10:22-23 it states, “Then came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon’s Colonnade.” I don’t know why it was mentioned here other than to give some context on time of the year for this event and the events that followed leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus. And then in Luke 1:26-27 it states “In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee. To a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.” Here a month of the year is called out. Again, not sure why other than the thought of a time of the year for the event that then keyed in on events that led up to the birth of Jesus.

Maybe because of those two references, it leads us to establish the proximity for celebrating these two events. However, and though those celebrations are of great significance, I don’t believe God limits us to carry retain those celebrations during the one time of year – but throughout the year. It is those events for which we can take into the world the good news of great joy and eternal life as seen in Matthew 28:19-20.. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.”

So, as I turn to my work and/or play at hand for the day, I hope to keep whatever character of Christ at the forefront to keep my day in peace. It is so easy to go about the day owning our actions and feeling self-sufficient particularly when we think things are going well. But, by the end of most days, when exhausted by the meetings, calls, social interactions, and tasks involved with my day, I can find comfort - as long as I allow myself to face Him – knowing I have God who will take it all away and leave me with joy and peace. As John 16:22 says “So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”

In reflection, God made all things including All Seasons of the year. And, we are too use the Advent and Lent times as reminders of the reasons He sent His Son. Giving us gifts through Jesus birth and leaving us the Counselor/Spirit to enable us to be alive in Christ carry the message all year long. Thereby making Jesus Christ the reason for All Seasons.

May you find Hope, Love, Joy and Peace throughout the Year

I grew up in the states of Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. After finishing my Computer Science degree at University California - Irvine, I eventually moved back to Colorado with my wife. Over the past 32 years, I have worked in both the aerospace and commercial industries with my degree getting many opportunities to grow in my professional life. However, there always seemed a gap in the growth of my spiritual life. That gap has began to fill measurably since my attendance and involvement at BUMC for which I praise God to have brought us at a key time of our lives. Outside major interests include playing hockey, but time and the physical ability has been an increasing challenging, planning a yearly 14er climb and trips to Disney - most favorably - Walt Disney World. However, I love spending anytime and anywhere with my wife, family and friends. All the while - inviting Christ with me.

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