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.
Just for today:
Read this scripture again now — slowly — letting each word sink in. Now close your eyes and sit with it for just a moment.
Questions To Ponder:
As you greet this New Year, what’s important in your own sense of past and future? What important things has God done in your own life so far? What is it time for in your own life? How can you better enjoy God’s gifts as you embrace the life you’ve been given to live?
Good and gracious God, I thank you for all the times of my life. For the seasons and the cycles, the joys and the struggles, and the work you have given me to do. Please help me find the joy in my life that is your gift, and to keep looking to You for direction and awareness of what time it is in my own life — and to be ever glad in it! Amen.