A Change in Season

seasons

“As long as the earth exists, seed-time and harvest, cold and hot, summer and autumn, day and night will not cease” (Genesis 8:22, Common English Bible).

Today, my congregation is serving lunch to the teachers of our community. That really isn’t what this blog post is about other than to say, putting on such an event requires an early start, much earlier than my normal rising and getting to work time.

When I got up I went and let Bishop (Bishop is my 17 pound mixed-breed dog pound dog) outside. I noticed a change in the air. It was actually cool outside. I didn’t think much more about it until twenty minutes later when I went from the parsonage to the church. It was definitely MUCH cooler outside. If it were that cool every morning I might not balk so about getting out of bed. It was truly delightful.

Living in southeast Texas I know I am going to have hot days far more often than cool days. We probably have more cold (OK, cold to us) days than cool days. Such makes the days that are cool all the more wonderful.

When I was in the Navy I would hear people talk about loving living in places where they could see the change of seasons. I guess I can understand that, particularly after feeling the weather this morning.

The calendar said fall a few weeks back. In Texas the calendar didn’t tell our weather because it was still summer here. But today, we have fall.

The Scripture reminds us that God will keep sending the seasons. This verse is a part of God’s promise to not destroy the earth again by flood and here God promises we will have the hot and cold, the seed-time and harvest. There they are, the four seasons just as God planned.

Though we can certainly enjoy it, I don’t really think God made the season for us to enjoy. God made the season to renew the earth. Our enjoyment is an added bonus. And, on delightful days such as today, boy do we find the real bonus.

So, with that, I think I will get off this computer, go outside and enjoy an absolutely beautify Texas fall day. I hop you will too.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Grace and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2016, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

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Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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