For Everything There is a Season

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8



In the past week I have held a new born baby, attended a funeral and shared in the grief. I was present at a wonderful Thanksgiving meal, held my friend as she wept. Laughed until my sides hurt was and brought down by physical pain. Our lives will be constantly changing, it is not what happens to us but our response to what happens to us that develops our character. I think we all know someone who has had a terminal illness or been very sick and has maintained tremendous emotional strength. I personally feel this is one of the most powerful lessons we can learn and nothing has a greater or longer lasting impression.

Yesterday while talking to my sister we were discussing her son Andy. He recently earned a gold medal in the Tour de Tucson which is a great accomplishment, but the driving force behind him is an inspiration to us all. Two years ago my wonderful brother in law Charlie, her husband was in the last stages of cancer. He had been a bike racer for many years and had raced in this race many times. Two years ago her son Andy raced this race in his place while Charlie looked on. He sat in a river bed with tremendous excitement as Andy passed; Charlie left us a month later. Andy raced last year, and this year, he a picture that had been taken of Charlie sitting on the rock in the riverbed taped to his bike. I don’t think the gold medal meant near as much to him as the inspiration behind it. I am truly proud of the amazing man Andy has become. He has been deeply moved by the tremendous inspiration and courage which has motivated him to reach higher levels in his life. This compassion will be forever with him and he will most certainly respond again when the need is there. He will also be able to inspire his children and those in his life by his example.

This my friends is how you are able to make a difference one person at a time.

There is a time for every matter under heaven and how wonderful when we can all meet there and be together again!

Susie Austin


~ by coachsusie on November 23, 2007.

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