"For everything there is a season,

and a time for every matter under heaven..."

Ecclesiastes 3:1

It has been said - "June is busting out all over." This is another month of transitions; milestones. A time to mark time. The beginning of summer. The time to, hopefully, say goodbye to winter.

As I write this, my mind is still on vacation mode. Having just enjoyed three weeks in "Happy Valley," which is what we call the home territory, I am trying to settle back in and assess where things are at.

My time at home was marked by a few milestones. The first weekend I was honored to perform the marriage ceremony for my niece, Deanna. The third weekend, I gave the eulogy for my step-father's memorial service. In between we tried to do some cleaning out of my mother's house, since she now resides at a retirement home.

"For everything, there is a season." Milestones in our lives have a way of denoting time frames for us: weddings, funerals, graduations, baptisms, confirmation, births, deaths. All of these tell us that one season does turn into another.

While at home, I enjoyed not only spending time with my mother, but also with my sister, brother, and lots of relatives. We reminisced about many past times and events. We looked at volumes of pictures, mementoes, and "lots of stuff" that we all seem to collect and gather and then wonder, "Why did I keep that?"

All of these times in our lives are God's way of helping us deal with transitions and milestones.

As we move into the summer season, let us all remember the many seasons of our lives that God has blessed us with and treasure each and every one.

In Peace and Love,