The Seasons of Life
"To Everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1  
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The Seasons of Life
   by BJ Morbitzer

There was a man who had four sons
He wanted his sons to learn
Not to judge things too quickly.
So he sent them each on a quest,
in turn, to go and look at a pear tree
that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter,
the second in the spring,
the third in the summer,
and the youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and returned
he called them together
to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.
The second son said it was covered with buds and full of promise.
The third son disagreed: he said it was laden with blossoms
that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful,
it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.
The last son disagreed with all of them: he said it was ripe and
drooping with fruit full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons
that they were all right, because they
had seen only one season in the tree's life.

He told them that you cannot judge a tree,
or a person, by only one season.
That the essence of who they are,
and the pleasure, joy, and love
that comes from that life,
can only be measured at the end,
when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it's winter
you will miss the promise of your spring,
the beauty of your summer, and the fulfillment of your fall.

Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.

Persevere through the difficult patches,
And better times are sure to come in time.

God Bless and keep you in His care. Through all the seasons of your life,
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