My favorite verse is from Ecclesiastes, sometimes know as the “Wisdom Books” of the Old Testament.

I was not aware of this beautiful set before I heard the “Limeliters” group sing the Pete Seeger song back in the early ’60s. The song’s haunting lyrics were a good preview of life. Thomas Wolfe wrote, “… Ecclesiastes is the greatest single piece of writing I have ever known…”

For it is indeed a summary of the life experience: a guide, if you will, for the young; a reminder in midlife that we are within God’s pre-ordained passage; and at the end of life, the story of our own personal voyage.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (King James Version)

3 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.


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