Have a Happy & Prosperous New Year!
The Rev. Gardner Taylor has been called
“the dean of American preaching.” Born in Louisiana in 1918, the
grandson of slaves, he overcame the segregation of his youth to become
the pastor of a large New York congregation and a leader in the
struggle for racial equality. For 6 decades he traveled the world as a
much sought-after preacher.
But at age 89, Rev. Taylor’s health
gave way and he could no longer accept speaking engagements. He told
Rachel Zoll of the Associated Press: “I at first felt rather
crestfallen.” But then he spoke of his belief that “there are seasons
and eras, and we have to see what they are as best as we can, and to
find what is positive in them.”
In an effort to face the
challenges of life, we often turn to Solomon’s words: “To everything
there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Eccl. 3:1).
But we readily admit that we would rather laugh than weep, dance than
mourn, and gain than lose (vv.4,6).
Yet we know that as we
embrace the lessons and opportunities of every season that comes to us,
we find that “God is our refuge and strength” (Ps. 46:1). Hallelujah!
Whatever season we’re in, it’s always the season to trust in Him. — David C. McCasland
Just as the winter turns to spring,
Our lives have changing seasons too;
So when a gloomy forecast comes,
Remember—God has plans for you. —Sper
Whatever the season of life, attitude makes all the difference.