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A Time For Everything

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

Book of Ecclesiastes, 3, verses 1-8

Ecclesiastes reminds us so well about the nature of change, and the inevitability of change in all our lives.Each major transition in our lives requires our undivided time and attention for successful passage. Each one also presents a gift—if we’re open to receiving it.

Some of these gifts are easy to identify: right now we can clearly see the spring moments of new beginnings all around us.

Other gifts are not so easy to identify, such as the transitional storms that often usher in a new season, the oppressive heat of summer, or the bitter cold of winter. These other gifts require us to look beyond the appearances and peer much deeper for their significance.

Although new beginnings are usually preferred over endings, we should remember that every new beginning requires an ending—sometimes even a death.

The flow of life is a process of change. We must learn to accept the process and go with it. There’s no stopping it anyway.

We all prefer our life changes to occur smoothly and naturally. But when they come at us with all the force of a perfect storm, we can remember that these are intense opportunities for transformation. If we respond to each storm from the “eye” of God’s presence within, where perfect peace and wisdom dwell, we will emerge even stronger, wiser, and freer than before. We will be transformed.

GAELIC BLESSING

God be in my head and in my understanding

God be in my eyes and in my looking

God be in my mouth and in my speaking

God be in my heart and in my thinking

God be at mine end and at my departing

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