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; (from Ecclesiastes 3)
For me, today has been a time to weep…well, actually I’ve been weeping a lot this week. Two lives that were precious to me have been lost in the last few days. One was a high school friend (I won’t name) who through the years had a lot of troubles and sadness in his life; the other was the sweetest 91 year old lady named Ruth but everyone lovingly called her Ruthie Baby…she loved that! Ruth and my 47 year old son had this wonderful friendship that began quite a few years back. He would often drop by to visit her. They would sit on her front porch…her with her glass of wine and he with a beer…and just enjoy the heck out of each other. Ruthie just the other day told her son that she had had a dream that she was in heaven and my son was singing to her. My son teared up when he told me that….a time for him to weep too.
Life can be so good, but life can also bring heartaches. I know it’s often been said we need the “bad” to help us more appreciate the “good”, but I’m selfish…I don’t want the bad to hurt so badly! These days my feelings seem to be so raw…this isolation, social distancing, not knowing who or what to believe…some days it just becomes almost too difficult to bare. But I know God is walking through all of this with us and so I remind myself:
“there is a time to heal”
“there is a time to laugh”
“there is a time to dance”
“a time to embrace” (can’t wait for those hugs!)
“a time to mend”
“a time for peace”.
I just pray it all comes soon.
PS: If you pray, please send up a prayer for my friend’s 17 year old grandson who was seriously injured in an automobile accident. If you don’t pray, please just send out some well wishes and good thoughts for him. His name is Dillon.