Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; 7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
If you’re over 40 like me you’ll likely remember these words accompanied by a melody made famous by a band called the Byrds. The song “Turn, Turn, Turn” was released in 1965, a year before I was born, but I still know the song.
The passage from Ecclesiastes speaks of the seasons of life. If we live long enough we get to experience all kinds of things, both good and bad. Sometimes both at the same time. If you had to name the season you’re in right now, what would you call it?
You might think differently given your situation, but I tend to mark seasons by the rhythms of my family’s life. As such, I’m in a season of transition. Of “letting go” you might say. My wife Jana and I are ending the 20+ year season of raising our children in our home and will be “empty-nesters” in a few short years. When your whole life has focused on raising children, it’s hard to imagine what life will look like as that season passes. But I’m sure we’ll figure it out.
At the same time we are seeing our parents get older. They are in their final season of life, however long that lasts. Jana and I wonder how we can best support them as their need for care and accompaniment increases. We pray we can do as well by them as they have by us.
1. What would you call the season you’re in right now?
2. What are the struggles and challenges of this season of your life?
3. What are the blessings you’re experiencing?
Heavenly Father, thank you for the love you show to us as we go through the various seasons of life. Give us hope to endure the challenges that arise, as well has hearts of gratitude to thank you for your many blessings. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.