The lectionary for New’s Day references the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verses 1 to 13, but those last five are kind of a downer, so I am not using them. I have been very diligent most of the time using all the verses, but this time I want to emphasis the “time” and how it apportioned to us.
“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.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
And the times we are living in call for strength and fortitude; but I do not say “more” because that implies, and then negates, what our forebearers both generational and spiritual have gone through. Another important consideration is what we do with our time. The writer of Ecclesiastes talks about time do things I would not do, nor advocate that others do. If we spend our time and energy doing negatives, we will have nothing left to do the positives in life. And it is humanity, as a global community that can comfort the grieving, heal the wounds that have been inflicted, mend what has been torn apart, and counter the hate and war in our world. We have been equipped for this by our Lord God.
“O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8)
In this New Year may we heed the call of our Lord and call others to the Lord so that the world might be reformed according to the law of love that was taught to us by Christ Jesus. Selah!