Its Cold Outside – Guest Post – Justin Creswell

its cold outsideToday is a guest post from my son Justin. I admire him very much and appreciate the gift the Lord has given me of being his father. I hope you enjoy his post🙂 Blessings, Darrell

Its cold outside. Colder than yesterday… colder than the majority of months most previously passed. I’m not sure what it is about the first glimpse of winter that always ushers in the euphoric sense of nostalgia I’ve become so fond of. As the days of summer gradually lose their luster, I look forward to this mini-season in earnest.

The seasonal change incites a strange feeling of deja vu—- like I’ve been in this very place many instances before. Because, in fact, I have… 30 times. You see, winter bleeds into summer somewhat slowly. The extremity of it’s frigid days desaturate almost imperceptibly—- there is no exclamation mark indicating its demise. The end of summer, on the other hand, seems markedly more deliberate.

There is an ephemeral window that punctuates the transition a bit more dramatically. It is this dramaticism that sticks with you… the cool winds of October seemingly manifest out of nowhere. They viciously attack victims as front doors swing open and people step foot into that first chilly day, never knowing what stands to greet them. It is this dramaticism that triggers and impregnates endearing feelings of nostalgia.

When Winter comes to town, you know for certain that it has arrived. It sweeps in with a sense of urgency… as if running critically late.

Leaves wither and die; yet, in the process, their commanding colors subtlety reveal the beauty of the cycle of life.

I’m reminded that I too have been included in this cycle of life for an additional year. I think of loved ones who have also survived yet another calendar year. And with the wind gusting at my back, I look forward to feeling these early wintry breezes once again.



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19 replies

  1. “… their commanding colors subtlety reveal the beauty of the cycle of life…, is a beautiful statement. Truly life has its cycles. To everything there is a season…

  2. Great topic.Thanks for great information I was looking for this information for my mission.

  3. “When Winter comes to town, you know for certain that it has arrived. It sweeps in with a sense of urgency… as if running critically late.” Such wonderful imagery in this post–I love it!

  4. Very good blog Justin. Thank you for sharing.

    No winter in Singapore but I can feel what Justin writes “I think of loved ones who have also survived yet another calendar year.” It comes always towards the year end, as we prepare to wave good bye to another year … those leaving empty seats will bring on the nostalgia of the seasons of life and we thank God for those who remain.

    Justin, Can I share your blog with my friends this Sunday 3 November?

  5. It’s so hot today Justin in Aussie Queensland, it’s hard to imagine your weather conditions but I loved how you described them, I almost felt a chill.

    Blessings – Anne

  6. Lovely!
    And Darrell, you should and have every right to be proud! I know that feeling with my daughter too. It’s a true blessing.

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