What Time and Season Are You In Now?

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, and 4: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven; a time to be born and a time to die, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.”

As the anniversary of the passing of my only child approaches, God reminds me of this passage in Ecclesiastes. “There is a time to be born and a time to die.”

I didn’t want to lose my mother and my son, and you probably didn’t want to lose your loved one. However, we all come with an expiration date. Some die sooner than others, but we all die.

God gives us time to weep for those we’ve lost. We don’t have to pretend to be strong for the family. God made us with tear ducts. It’s OK to use them and cry. Jesus wept when his friend, Lazarus died. He did so and knew he would raise him from the dead.

God also gives us time to mourn our losses. We can be honest with our feelings of sorrow and anguish. We are human beings with a heart and emotions. We will miss those we love who are no longer with us. If we look, we can find a safe place to talk about our losses and their effect on our lives.

Dear God, thank you for the time to weep and mourn. Amen.

Application: What loss will you talk about this week?

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