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Friday, December 19, 2008

Signs of the Times...


The Advent season is drawing to a close and Christmas is almost here. Many are full of excitement, anticipation and holiday cheer. While others of us are meeting this season with great fear, grief, and sadness because of monetary problems, loneliness and depression.

Either way you may be feeling these are signs of the times. Our economy, our country indeed our world, is fickle. It seems as if we are on a constant ride of ups and downs. Therefore whatever your demeanor is this season, stay level headed and take comfort in our scripture of reflection today reminding us that there is a time for everything.

Ecclesiastes 3

There Is a Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything.
There's a time for everything that is done on earth.
2 There is a time to be born.
And there's a time to die.
There is a time to plant.
And there's a time to pull up what is planted.
3 There is a time to kill.
And there's a time to heal.
There is a time to tear down.
And there's a time to build up.
4 There is a time to cry.
And there's a time to laugh.
There is a time to be sad.
And there's a time to dance.
5 There is a time to scatter stones.
And there's a time to gather them.
There is a time to hug.
And there's a time not to hug.
6 There is a time to search.
And there's a time to stop searching.
There is a time to keep.
And there's a time to throw away.
7 There is a time to tear.
And there's a time to mend.
There is a time to be silent.
And there's a time to speak.
8 There is a time to love.
And there's a time to hate.
There is a time for war.
And there's a time for peace.

Indeed there is a time for everything. This scripture has proven to be extremely relevant for me over the last few weeks as I have face the death of relatives, and low points in my life. Followed by a season of increase with new positions and possibilities. Life is hard and it is full of it's ups and downs but God is always with us. We must live everyday to the fullest understanding that life bears the good and the bad, but God remains the same loving-compassionate-graceful and merciful creator.

This season of your life be mindful that we never know what tomorrow will bring, so live your Christian faith and love one another.

1 comment:

Kim said...

Working in an area where I am surrounded with death - I agree and see more and more that every moment is precious and should not be taken for granted because we may never know when our last day will be. Still it's not something to view in fear, but moreso to celebrate and thank God for each surprising, infrequent, expected, unexpected, large or small blessing (even sometimes when it may not seem as such). God is ALWAYS good. All the Time. Merry Christmas to all!