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Mindful Monday: To Everything There Is a Season

seasons2.jpgI have always loved the verses of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, and throughout October and November I say them daily. The beautiful words are attributed to Solomon, which isn’t surprising since, according to the Bible, God granted him abundant wisdom.


Here is the full text. Try not to sing “turn, turn, turn” after each line. It’s challenging.

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born, and
a time to die;
a time to plant, and
a time to pluck up
that which 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 get, and
a time to lose;
a time to keep, and
a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and
a time to sow;
a time to keep silence, and
a time to speak;

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

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  • Heather Whistler

    This is really inspiring. It reminds me of something my mom said to me when my husband was in and out of the psych ward: “You take turns being strong in a marriage. This is your turn.”
    At the time, I was worried that he would never get better and that I would always have to be the strong one. I’m so grateful that this has not turned out to the case.
    Would love to hear your thoughts on our story:

  • Trish

    I love this reminder of the fact that our spiritual lives have seasons too. Winter always seems too long,and Summer too short.
    In those “Winters” character is developed, and priorities sharpened. In the Winter, we can know the joy of cuddling up to warm by a fire with a good friend, and having a warm drink. In the Winter, hope grows deep roots to find a safe place to nurture the seeds of the growth we will see in the Spring.
    In the Winter, snow falls and a quiet hush fills our spirit as our lungs fill with the chill, causing us to catch our breath. The harshness can slow everything down, creating a space for quiet reflection. Winter is hard, and long and challenging, but part of the cycle of growth that draws out the choices we make and intensifies them. Here’s to change and God’s seasons!

  • Laurie

    I needed these words today. Very anxious day. I hate goodbyes. And living as an expat in a foreign capital I am always saying hello and goodbye. Far too often I love the ones I say goodbye to.

  • Mofumahali

    This could not have come at a better time other than today. I feel like a wreck…pressures mounting from my social and academic life and bringing about conflicts.

  • Patricia

    Okay, I feel really ignorant…I really thought this was just a song! I am so mourning summer. I love love love daylight! I went to the doctor today and got an antidepressent. Admitting that you need help is the hardest step but such a relief having someone else confirm that you don’t just have a character flaw. I am soooo tired of crying everyday. Things are looking up already. Thank you Therese for your blog and your book.

  • patti

    I have discovered some ways to keep summer going:
    tanning (once a week, as we all know it is not good–but it feels GREAT!!!);
    and, joining a spa where you can swim. I also get to the shore whenever I can–it is so invigorating!!! Good luck to you!!

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