I’ve recently had a month where every weekend was taken up by a rite of passage. Funnily enough they were in chronological order! A dedication, a baptism, a wedding and a funeral.
The verse read out at the funeral was from Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
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 cast 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 cast 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.
It struck me, that we only think of these verses at the end of life, but the writer talks about all stages of our being.
What stage of life are you at right now? How can you use this time to worship God, and use your situation to glorify Him?