Tuesday was Red Cup Day in Canada.  By Red Cup Day, I refer to the not-yet-Stat holiday on which Starbucks begins serving winter drinks in festive red cups.  I observe Red Cup Day with a near-religious fervor each year.  Truthfully, I’m not sure why. I know that it’s just a cup of coffee and nothing more.  However, I feel like each Red Cup Day is a milestone. A turn of the page. The beginning of something new.

As urban dwellers, I think we have become so removed from creation that we must look for our own markers to draw us into the cyclical nature of life.  Yes, we see the leaves turn and fall and we feel the need for warmer jackets, but we are no longer entrenched in nature to be a part of the change.  Summer turns to fall before we realize it has happened, and fall turns to winter.  I think Red Cup Day is my way of trying to fall into step with the grand cycle.

 

 

Sometimes I wonder if we struggle to truly understand seasons in our lives because we are so removed from nature.  We don’t understand death or loss the way we might if we were fully entrenched in creation.  We are so divorced from the natural cycle that we’re afraid of the changing seasons in our lives. We don’t have a way to rationalize what we experience.  We long for stasis. But the world isn’t static; it’s dynamic and kinetic.  No one can predict what each season will bring.

Ecclesiastes 3
1
To everything there is a season,

A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
3 A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
4 A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
7 A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
8 A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.