Adaptation of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 – A season for all things


For everything, there is a season.
Very little is as simple as “good” or “bad.”
It is more often a question
of who and of when,
a why or a how.

There are times for the birth of something new.
There are times to welcome death.
There are times to plant seeds for those to come
and times for harvesting the long labor of others.

There are times when destruction is necessary, or at least unavoidable, and there are times when healing is possible.

There are times to create art and times to tear it down.

There are days where only weeping will do; others for laughing. Some days we can only mourn, others we dance. We ebb and flow our way in community.

Sometimes we long to be in the arms of another,
other times we need the intimacy of solitude.

There are times for seeking a way through the impossible, and other times for accepting our losses.
There is a time to hold on and a time to let go.

There are times when some of us need to be silent
and times when the rest of us must speak.

Love has its time and hate has its place.
Conflict must be accepted;
and peace welcomed in due time.

May we listen our way into and out of each season,
with Wisdom as our guide,
forcing nothing outside of its time,
receiving everything for what it is,
trusting Love’s companionship,
laboring toward liberation together.

Adaptation by Rev. M Jade Kaiser

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