“A Season”

~By Julie Chatfield, Peace Children’s Ministry Director

My daughters back to school photo in 2008. Jessica is on the right and Savannah on the left.

A season.  Spring, summer, autumn, and winter.  Times of the year marked by weather patterns and daylight hours.  A season.  Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.  Marked by seasonal decorations, delicious food and emotional family get togethers.  A season.  Back to school.  Sitting in a cramped dressing room with your kiddos who are convincing you of the newest clothing trends.  Purchasing brand new Crayola markers and crayons, glue sticks, pencils and tons of notebook paper.  Blindsided by the Meet Your Teacher on the same day every year but still always a surprise.  Seeing parents of your kid’s friends, whom you sadly see less and less as they grow.  Finally, a slumber party that’s loud and where no-one sleeps. 
 Then the first day of school arrives.  It’s the only day of the year everyone is awake without argue, probably because no-one could sleep and they are excited and nervous all at once.   Dressed, lunches packed, breakfast served, nerves high, an annoying photo, a kiss if you’re lucky, then out the door.  Back to school.  A season.  Experienced once as a child and then again as a parent.  Two different perspectives.  Back to school.  A season.  Bringing stress, yet provides a comfortable routine.  Back to School.  A season.  One you wish will end and then it does. 


“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1) 

Enjoy and embrace this back to school season, because seasons change and the back to school season will end before you know it.