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A Daily Devotion for Monday, June 21

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

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 refrain,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

This morning I was tempted to dive right in and write about how I love these verses. They are so beautiful. Instead, for some reason I was moved to type out the whole passage. Taking the time to type each verse forced me to look at and think about each one. I realized we can look at the passage as a whole, or look at any individual verse to find comfort. Remembering Pastor Gil’s scripture lesson from yesterday, I know God is in control, and everything ultimately is intended for our happiness. But war, mourning, weeping and tearing down certainly are not happy times for us. We know there will be those times. God has the big picture. This includes our “before“ and our “after“ this earth. God has promised us life with Him forever. Life will have its glorious and its intolerably difficult parts. God does not want us to be discouraged, ever.

Father God, I know you are in control. You are helping me every time I ask, and even when I don’t ask. Things will happen which cause pain, and I will need your love and strength to keep everything in perspective. I am thankful you are there for me. Amen

Becky, transforming

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