A Time for Every Matter Under Heaven

This meditation is based on a passage for June 2, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

Reflection and Question: Recalling that the central poem of this passage became iconic for my generation sent me to the Internet through Bing, Wikipedia and YouTube, where I learned that the song made famous by The Byrds in the 1960’s was written by Pete Seeger. “A time of peace, I swear it is not too late,” captures the hope of this Wisdom. We need a lifetime to garner these simple truths: “God’s gift is that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in their toil,” and “God has done this so that all may stand in awe.” There is a time to every purpose under heaven. To what purpose of God are you committed?

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven
A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time to love, a time to hate
A time of peace, I swear it’s not too late!