I’ve been waiting for this coming week for a while. I sort of pick the third week of October as the official time the pre-rut starts. I think the weather either hastens that or stalls it. It looks like this year will be right on time. We’re going from morning lows in the upper fifties to lows in the upper thirties. It is going to feel like fall and deer season is as distinct as flipping a light switch. For the next three months, I will arrange my calendar around some of the most important hunting days of the year. I’ll not always be able to carry out my plans, but that won’t stop me from writing them down. And they will also give me some sense of peace knowing I won’t have to wonder what the next few months have in store. I love to plan… and make to-do lists… and check off boxes… and feel accomplishments. We all do. There is healing both in making lists and in checking them off. Making them relieves so much stress and anxiety and checking things off keeps me from feelings of failure. Both give me some inner peace. And in a world of war, peace is the goal – no matter what kind of war that is.
It’s comforting to think that God sent Jesus for the purpose of peace. His very birth was met with a chorus of “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace.” And at his departing, he assured, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give…
For the complete article, see the October 20th edition of The Lexington Progress.