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A Season for Everything

• by Dr. Sh

Ecclesiastes 3:1

To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.

For those raised in the 70s, the words of this song are familiar with this verse and the long list of 'seasons' in subsequent verses. Ecclesiastes 3 was popularized by the rock band, The Byrds, in 1965. The lyrics are taken almost verbatim from the King James Version of the book of Ecclesiastes, although the sequence of the words have been rearranged somewhat for the rhythm of the song.

If you haven't heard the song - or haven't heard it in a long time - you can find it here.

"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 harvest;
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."

This list represents nearly all the important perspectives in our lives. Some are happy, some are sad; some are building, some are taking away; some are harsh, and some imply rest.

No matter which side of that pendulum swing you're on right now, every pro/con, rich/poor, up/down, good/bad, happy/ sad - all are necessary to experience what it means to be fully human and participate in what is often referred to as 'Earth School'. How we respond to life experiences is how we learn, grow, and evolve - and no matter what the outcome is, Jesus is with us every step of the way.

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