The verses 1-14 in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes illustrate that there is a time for each event, activity, and for the actions that we take. These “verbs of life” are couched in a paradox…for example, it begins with our birth and immediately following it states “a time to die” in the same verse.  The next verses subtly illustrate our human condition, appealing to our emotions…a time to weep; a time to laugh, as well as our effects in relationship to others. For example, a time to scatter stones; and a time to gather them…a time to embrace and refrain from embracing; a time to tear down, and a time to mend. 

Besides this philosphical interpretation of this Biblical poem, I also gleaned a practical wisdom for daily living.  I am reminded that there is a time and place for being, knowing, and acting.  Every time and place carries with it a certain reverence and appropriateness for living. You adapt to the time and place you’re in because embedded within it is a slice of our humanity.  Sometimes I laugh with someone significant to me– and other times with that same significant person, we fight.  Sometimes I will speak up when it is required, and other times prudence or reverence of the situation and person requires silence and no words needed to be spoken.

Finally, with the exception of our major paradoxical life events (birth and death), Ecclesiastes could also be read at certain verses as decisions and choices to be made. For example, a time to plant; a time to uproot…a time to tear down and a time to build. These are choices that we make in our relationships that could have long-ranging effects.

1 There is a time for everything,
   and a season for every activity under the heavens:

 2 a time to be born and a time to die,
   a time to plant and a time to uproot,
 3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
   a time to tear down and a time to build,
 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
   a time to mourn and a time to dance,
 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
   a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
 6 a time to search and a time to give up,
   a time to keep and a time to throw away,
 7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
   a time to be silent and a time to speak,
 8 a time to love and a time to hate,
   a time for war and a time for peace.

 (*courtesy of www.biblegateway.com)

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