Wednesday, January 3

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

Everything Has Its Time

3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what 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 throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
7 a time to tear, 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 for war, and a time for peace.

The God-Given Task

9 What gain have the workers from their toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with. 11 He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; 13 moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil. 14 I know that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before him. 15 That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already is; and God seeks out what has gone by.[a]


As soon as I read through today’s reading from Ecclesiastes, I immediately thought of the song Turn, Turn, Turn by the Byrds. The lyrics of the song are taken word-for-word from the King James Version with the exception of six words that songwriter Peter Seeger added. The song was an anthem for peace during the troubling times of the Vietnam War. Today’s scripture reading, like the song, reminds us that there is a time for everything, but mostly a time for hope. As we ring in the New Year with family and friends we will remember the past and hope for the future. Our future is bright because we know that our time here on earth is temporary, but our time in heaven is eternal.


Heavenly Father, we know that there is a time for everything and a purpose for all things. Although we may not always understand, we know that you have a plan for us all. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Written by Terri Harms Preschool Director of Daily Operations tharms@preschool-stjohns.or