The 01/05/13 Joy Jar

4 Jan

The universe has rhythms and cycles. One of the most famous acknowledgments of the cyclical nature of time is Ecclesiastes 3:1:

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven

Just as each year has distinct seasons, each life also has distinct seasons. Today’s deposit in the ‘Joy Jar’ deals with the rhythm and flow of life called seasons.

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus

The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.
Paramahansa Yogananda

A human life has seasons much as the earth has seasons, each time with its own particular beauty and power.  And gift.  By focusing on springtime and summer, we have turned the natural process of life into a process of loss rather than a process of celebration and appreciation.  Life is neither linear nor stagnant.  It is movement from mystery to mystery.  Just as a year includes autumn and winter, life includes death, not as an opposite but as an integral part of the way life is made.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rachel Naomi Remen                                                                                                                            

You may not win the Super Bowl. Your kids may not go on to be doctors and lawyers and everything may not go perfectly. That doesn’t mean it was a bad plan or the wrong thing. It’s just like a football season. Everything’s not going to go perfect.
Tony Dungy

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”

Anne Bradstreet (British poet, 1612-1672)

Expect to have hope rekindled.  Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last.  The spring rains will come again.

Sarah Ban Breathnach


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