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When we come out to nature, we can clearly see the signs of a changing season, that when the weather becomes a bit cooler, the leaves start to change. We know that fall is coming, and soon winter will be here. And for the most part, this doesn’t disturb us, because we know that spring and summer will eventually come again.

Relationships follow seasonal patterns

While these signs are easy to see in nature, our life and relationships and even marriage can also follow similar seasonal patterns. But here, sometimes the most difficult seasons are the seasons of a fall moving into a winter when we have to let go of something when something is dying in our life and relationships. And when it’s happening to us personally, it can feel very disruptive. It can feel like our life is over.

Following the pattern of nature – dying eventually give way to new life

But as we remember the seasonal patterns of nature, we can enter into those seasons even with hope, knowing that spring and summer will eventually come again.

Of course, the letting go process, the dying process is still not a pleasant journey. But as we can see these patterns in nature and even these spiritual realities to know that life comes after death, we can enter into these seasons with greater hope and not despair.

That even as we approach fall and winter in our life and relationships, spring and summer comes again.

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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