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.
I’ve been thinking about this section of Ecclesiastes for the past two months. For us it has been a time of death. The last 2 months have been a season infused with grief, stress, and sadness. My brother died rather suddenly after a brief illness, we also lost two of our cats (Sneets, the garage feral and Soafie our oldest cat). Death is balanced by rebirth; it’s spring here in Maine which means that birth is happening all around us. It’s been a particularly healing time to be in the garden, watching the ebb and flow of life and how everything balances out. Without grief we wouldn’t be able to fully savor true joy. Hard times help up learn the appreciate the balance that comes in all aspects of life.
What are you learning to appreciate during this season?