Friday, September 28, 2018

Appointed Time

There is an appointed time for everything,
and a time for everything under the heavens.
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
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 be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.

Again, from Ecclesiastes – two days a row.   These are lyrics to a famous song “Turn! Turn! Turn!” written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s.  It became very famous in 1965 when sung by the Byrds.   It was a plea for world peace.  Here we are in 2018 – about 60 years later – and the plea is still the same.

Our clocks our ticking, and our earthly time eventually runs out.   God desires we make the most of all the time we have.

Our lives are like hour-glasses flipped each morning by the hand of God so the sands may spill again.  God is our timekeeper.  We need not look at our watches.  When our sands run out, and we flip no more, we’ll be judged by how well we used our time.

Deacon David Pierce

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