Everything Has Its Time - June 2021 Meditation

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“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1

By Rev. Keith E. Lawder, GUMF President/CEO

I recall as a teenager that a band called The Byrds made a chart-topping record (does anyone remember what those are?) based upon the words from Ecclesiastes 3. Embedded in the lyrics was a claim that the 1960s were a time of extraordinary challenges, but it was all part of the usual ebb and flow of life. I think the prophet was making some other points.

First, the human experience is messy, and that we do suffer from events and influences outside our control. No doubt the last couple of years have been filled with those. Who could have predicted COVID-19 and its tremendous toll on our lives? Who could have predicted the stock market drop then surge amidst the plague? Who could have predicted the bitterness and violence? And yet, who could have predicted such an effective vaccine?

Secondly, throughout all our messiness, God has been with us. When possible, I like to watch the evening news with Lester Holt. At the end of almost every broadcast, there is a story of hope, heroism, or sacrifice. There are stories of heroes of every age, race, gender, and nationality. There was one about a traveling nurse helping COVID-19 patients in remote areas. Then there was one about a little girl making art to cheer up folks in a nursing home. One of my favorites was a story about two little fellows separated by the pandemic, reuniting with giant hugs. In each of these, I see people reaching out to be the hands and feet of God.

And lastly, I think the prophet reminds us that the last part of the dream is peace. What does peace look like in your dreams? In mine, life is still messy, and we can still depend on God to be with us. But, we begin to move closer together. We can unite behind what is really important. We can put first things first. Jesus put it so plainly when He said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” It sounds so simple, yet it is oh so hard. That is what peace looks like.

May God bless you.