Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of each.
-Henry David Thoreau
If I may take this quote horribly from its context, I enjoy its apparent sound, severed though it may be from its original body. Our family lives in a part of the world which truly experiences the variety of seasons. While we struggle at this time of year not to complain and bemoan being shut up indoors, or shoveling the driveway yet again, I am inspired by God’s creativity and regularity in fulfilling his promises of creation.
The day is yours, and yours also the night;
you established the sun and moon.
It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth;
you made both summer and winter.
We may be covered in snow and ice, yet the daffodil and crocus are indeed slowly rousing themselves from an exceedingly long winter’s slumber. They may not be visible here in the Midwest, yet we have the promise of their existence. Their return is imminent. By faith and hope I look forward to a dot of yellow appearing in between the browns and greys. Even now I smile as I notice the buds swelling, coloring the trees out front. Sandhill cranes have been spotted. The robins have returned, not in full numbers, but occasionally they sing their sweet songs in the mornings.
G has been wanting to step outside a bit more. I ache for the day – may it be soon- when we can walk through the wooded trails, seeking out newly migrated birds, shoots and buds about the trees. The boys are ready to mount their bicycles and taste a bit of pre-teen freedom.
While we praise the Creator for all his handiwork, we are particularly mindful at this time of changing seasons, transformative times. Good and Holy One, may you renew my heart as the rest of the world awakens from its dormant, frozen state.
And so, here are a few preschool books on the wonders of the changing seasons which G and I would like to share with you. All four of these gems are beautiful in their brevity, as well as inviting illustrations. There is so much to draw readers in on each page that G and I can write our own stories through our discussion of the pictures.
Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air…..
“tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.” Psalm 1:3