Enjoying Every Season



By Lindsay Ritenbaugh
@lindsayrite

Since the weather warmed up to the thirties this past weekend, I headed down to Navy Pier to take a look at the parts of Lake Michigan which had frozen over. As I passed the Chicago River, I could not help but remember one of my favorite songs from high school. I admittedly had been complaining about the long walk, the [still] cold weather [for a Florida girl], and even attire and shoes I had chosen to wear for this excursion, but the pictures I have from today made me remember my one word. I realize now I missed an opportunity to enjoy the beauty that was around me the whole time.




Every Season – Nichole Nordeman
Every evening sky, an invitation 
To trace the patterned stars 
And early in July, a celebration 
For freedom that is ours 
And I notice You 
In children’s games 
In those who watch them from the shade 
Every drop of sun is full of fun and wonder 
You are summer

And even when the trees have just surrendered 
To the harvest time 
Forfeiting their leaves in late September 
And sending us inside 
Still I notice You when change begins 
And I am braced for colder winds 
I will offer thanks for what has been and was to come 
You are autumn

And everything in time and under heaven 
Finally falls asleep 
Wrapped in blankets white, all creation 
Shivers underneath 
And still I notice you 
When branches crack 
And in my breath on frosted glass 
Even now in death, You open doors for life to enter 
You are winter


And everything that’s new has bravely surfaced 
Teaching us to breathe 
What was frozen through is newly purposed 
Turning all things green 
So it is with You 
And how You make me new 
With every season’s change 
And so it will be 
As You are re-creating me 
Summer, autumn, winter, spring

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