Category Archives: All in a Year

Paradise – Old and New

Written in a metaphorical style, the first three chapters of the book of Genesis describe an ideal setting and conditions for earth’s first humans. They were placed in a paradise, named the Garden of Eden with the tree of life, … Continue reading

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Seasonal Celebrations in Ancient Israel

A large part of the Old Testament is a story of Israel, the descendants of the patriarch Jacob, later renamed Israel. The nation’s worship is tied to the annual seasons and can be instructive even to us living in the … Continue reading

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Winter

Late autumn and early winter portray old age and death. As with the unstoppable process of dead leaves falling from trees, so in human life family members and friends inevitably pass away. Aging can be a difficult time of loss, … Continue reading

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Autumn

Autumn is associated with welcome cooling from the summer heat and a season when in dry areas the earth receives rain. In temperate regions, it is the time of year that is visually past its best. Signs of aging are … Continue reading

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Summer

Summer is typically a pleasant time – a season with bright sunshine and warm temperatures. With its long days, early sunrises, late sunsets, and extra energy, it is also a productive time. Nevertheless, continuous hot and humid or very hot … Continue reading

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Spring

Spring is a time of new beginnings – indeed a time of rebirth or resurrection in nature. What seemed dead suddenly shows signs of life. With the sun’s warming rays, growth and a flurry of activities resume after the cold … Continue reading

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Seasons of the Year

A year is roughly the time it takes the earth to circle the sun on an elliptical (though nearly circular) path. This annual orbit, taking about 365 days, creates different seasons and weather patterns around the world. In equatorial areas, … Continue reading

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All in a Year

What a year it has been for our family and friends! This time last year, we came back from Europe hoping to settle in the new home we had just purchased. But job search in Australia proved difficult and it … Continue reading

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