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A Time For Everything

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

Book Cover: a time for everything When I was a little girl, I had a book that illustrated these verses with the most endearing little people who lived under the grass in the garden. They were always happy & hopeful, going about the tasks of their daily lives with such beauty. Planting the garden, helping each other with chores, mending clothes, hooking up ladybugs to wagons…

I don’t always have this much cheer when going about my daily tasks. However, in her book An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor has a few beautiful words about blessing the ordinary things we do each day and making them sacred:

“The daily practice of incarnation – of being in the body with full confidence that God speaks the language of the flesh – is to discover a (wisdom) that is as old as the gospels. Why else did Jesus spend his last night on earth teaching his disciples to wash feet and share supper? With all the conceptual truths in the universe at his disposal, he did not give them something to think about together when he was gone. Instead, he gave them concrete things to do – specific ways of being together in their bodies – that would go on teaching them what they needed to know when he was no longer around to teach them himself.”

Good and Faithful God – help me to remember that by blessing it in Your Name, anything and anytime in my day can be sacred. Amen.

This devotion was written by Patty Forsberg, one of the members of our Devotion writing team at Sheridan Lutheran Church. To join this team of writers, contact Amy Wagner or Pastor Eric Bostrom.

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