Today as I have pondered things I have experienced this past week, some verses from the Old Testament in the book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3 have come to mind. I'm thankful for the things that I experience, because those events often remind me of things I have read in the scriptures. At other times when I am reading scriptures, things come to mind that I have experienced at one point or another in my life. It is so interesting how that works.
In verse 3, it mentions "a time to heal." Healing continues to be important to me, and I continue to be grateful for the progress.
In verse 4, it says there is "a time to mourn." With the senseless deaths that happened in Charleston, S. C. this week, as a nation we shared in the mourning of these innocent people.
In verse 4, it states "a time to laugh." In an attempt to pick up some dry beans that had dropped on the floor, my husband and I found ourselves jovially laughing when we attempted to get back up to a standing position. We cracked jokes such as, "And they were both found on the kitchen floor among the some spilt beans...." Moral of the story, when one has bad knees and the other a bad back, one of them needs to remain in a standing position.
In verse 7, we read "a time to rend." It felt so good to do some decluttering and recycling of some things in my home one day this past week. It is amazing how quickly papers can accumulate if not taken care of on a daily basis. I'm trying to do better in this regard.
In verse 7, it mentions "a time to sew." One evening I went down to the church to help with a sewing project. There was a need to replenish the supply of baby blankets and burp cloths at a local shelter. It was fun not only to "sew blankets," but to "sow friendships."