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As I write this episode, the summer heat is scorching the town where I live. The heat index this week will rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit! I find that when it is hot in the summer, I want cooler weather. And when winter sets in, I want summer again! I want sunny days, that is, until we need rain. Are you the same? The changing seasons are a normal part of life, even if they don’t change exactly when we want them too!
This natural rhythm is something Solomon observed when he wrote Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens, a time to be born and a time to die.” (NIV) In verse 4 he said there is “a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” (NIV)
We all recognize this. We all know there will be times of mourning and grief in our lives. That’s why I find the advice of Paul in 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 so intriguing. Paul said that the present world is passing away and the time is short. This should change the way we live. One change he says is those who mourn should live as if they do not mourn. As believers, remember that Jesus is coming soon. It will change our perspective in mourning.
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Bumper music “Landing Place” performed by Mark July, used under license from Shutterstock.