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Souvenirs 10-3-2012

October 4, 2012

by Irma Schwantes
In last week's column we talked about the little scars or memories the souvenirs of our journeys leave in us. But this Sunday as I stood at my back door viewing the little shade tree planted when my grandson Jamie lived in this house. I don't know the name of this particular type of tree, but it is almost full-grown now and a perfect tree shape. Until just a few days ago it was as green as anything could be in this drought stricken year, and seemingly overnight, it had turned to a beautiful golden yellow. It was simply breathtakingly beautiful as my thought s turned to a loving God who could turn such mundane things as a backyard tree into a thing of such beauty.

Later as I sat reading in my Bible, I came upon Ecclesiastes. The teacher who is said to have written this book, was King Solomon, who looked for 'wisdom, pleasure, work, power, riches and other things" as is written in the introduction to this chapter. It emphasizes the facts of a lasting value, the importance of a person's life. Even as I was somewhat puzzled by the repetitious verses, stating quite often; "Everything is meaningless, Utterly meaningless".

But as I read on, I came to chapter 3, and the verses which I had chosen for my husband's funeral 20 years ago now. so now I would like to share them with my readers, as I know many do read and study the BIble too. It is from the New International Version. And I hope I am not breaking any rules in copying parts here for the readers. Chapter #3 begins, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven; a time to be born and a tine to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace." It is a fine book to start a Bible study session with. Much to think about or try to fathom.

After all the wisdom portrayed in Ecclesiastes, there also comes a conclusion, in verse 13 it says: "Now all has been heard, here is the conclusion of the matter---. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgement, including every hidden thing whether it is good or evil".

With wisdom such as this how can we stray far from goodness?

Now we go on into the Autumn season, and in spite of a lack of moisture the colors of fall are becoming more beautiful everday. Living just east of the lake with many lovely trees and shrubs across the neighborhood, I enjoy simply looking out the windows to view the beautiful changing seasons. My neighbors, Rick and Lori Ommen, have a gorgeous assortment of trees and plantings around their home and yard. It is indeed a treat to look across the yards at the awesome glory. Let us go then into the Fall and Winter with joy and anticipation and hope in our hearts.

Almost faster than we can blink an eye we will be inundated with the Christmas ads, begging for shoppers, it does seem as if retailers are optimistic about the future. We hope they will be rewarded with a booming economy and a comeback of enthusiastic returns on their investments to bring back the American way.

And if you decide to join or begin a Bible study in your home for aged friends, you should also include Matthew, 19, v 18; Jesus tells the people; "If you want to enter life, obey the commandments" Going on; "Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your Father and your Mother, and love your neighbor as yourself."

So now the political season is upon us full force, the Debates begin tonight, we hope they will reveal realities in calmer fashion than has been the case in these recent months. May they all keep a good protocol, and display some facts for the country at large. God willing, may the best man win.

God go be with you all in these trying times.

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