Looking out the radio station window I see the now quiet Cobourg West High School. The school website declares Celebrating 112 Years of Academic Innovation and Excellence. Over the years many students walked through the doors as freshmen and graduated seniors heading off to further their education all in preparation for life. Time boldly marches on.
We’ve just celebrated another Canada Day. July 1st – also known as Canada’s Birthday – celebrates the joining of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada into a federation of four provinces. On the same day Canada became a kingdom of its own, the Province of Canada was divided into Ontario and Quebec. Now 148 years later, time boldly marches on.
Cobourg also celebrated a birthday on July 1st, the same day we celebrate Canada’s birthday. Did you know Cobourg is older than Canada? Cobourg was incorporated as a town on July 1, 1837 making it 178 years old. Here’s another interesting tidbit of history. Cobourg was incorporated as a town 10 days after Queen Victoria became monarch, but it was 33 days before the news finally reached Cobourg. Time boldly marches on.
A number of years ago during a funeral service for a family member of someone in the church where I was Pastor there came a point in the service when the entire family broke out in laughter. I knew the family quite well, but did not know the father-in-law very well who’s service I was doing. In situations like this many Pastors use a passage from Ecclesiastes as a good starting point to encourage the family. The same passage was made famous in 1965 when The Byrds put it to music in their song Turn, Turn, Turn. The passage talks about a time for everything including a “time to be born and a time to die”. Coming to the close of the service I asked, “So, how does one sum up life from the Book of Ecclesiastes?” At that point the immediate family broke out in laughter while the rest of those gathered at the funeral wondered what was going on. I found myself trying to hold back my laughter as I suddenly realized what the family was thinking! A few months earlier in church I preached a series of messages from Ecclesiastes. In church I asked the same question; How does one sum up life from the Book of Ecclesiastes? In church I quipped, “Life sucks and then you die”.
Time – and life – boldly marches on. This is the first of what I hope to be many articles and ponderings penned as I Look Out My Window every other week and share various perspectives on life as days and seasons pass by. I believe I have some rather large shoes to fill as Bob Skinner faithfully wrote articles in this same spot for the past two years. But alas, as time marches on, Bob has passed the baton to me as he heads off to the mission field. In the months ahead I hope you will be encouraged along the way in what we call the journey of life. In life there are ups and downs. But along the way we also find many things to encourage us along the way.
There is a time for everything and time does boldly march on. In the end King Solomon concluded his ponderings about life in the Book of Ecclesiastes saying; “Of making many books there is no end [so do not believe everything you read], and much study is a weariness of the flesh. All has been heard; the end of the matter is; Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man” (Ecclesiastes 12:12-13 –Amplified Version).
Looking Out My Window is a regular column in the Northumberland Today newspaper located in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.