For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. What gain have the workers from their toil? I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with. He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil.
Food For Thought:
When I read this passage of Scripture, I can’t help but think of the Byrds song. To be honest, I am not a child of that generation, but I have always loved that song. I think the reason why I love the song is because it does a good job at capturing the essence of this passage of Scripture. In this passage of Scripture, the writer of Ecclesiastes tells us that there is a time for everything―that we should live our lives to the fullest and not take things for granted. Think about a way that you have lived your life to the fullest or seized the day. Have you ever seized the day for God? If so, what did that look like?
Loving God, you call each of us by name, and you treasure each of us individually. Inspire us to respect and value each person who comes our way this day. Guide us as we seek to be your faithful followers in this world. Help us to seize our days for building up your kingdom here on earth. In your holy and precious name we pray, Amen.