A Time to …

Devotional for Thursday, March 19

Hear these words from the third chapter of Ecclesiastes, verses 1 through 8:

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.


Or maybe you prefer to hear it from the Byrds:

“A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing” particularly leaps out.  Remember the bigger message: time passes, and the times do change.

Praise God for joining us in time and space through Jesus Christ, saving us from sin for all eternity and sustaining us through the Holy Spirit in whatever time we find ourselves.

Lord, as we move through our day today, may your Spirit lead us so we turn others’ lives toward what is better. Amen.


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