to everything there is a season

Ecclesiastes, not the Byrd's in their song "Turn, Turn, Turn" coined the phrase "For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die..." Ecclesiastes 3:1, 2
 
One part of my role as a Pastor is that I'm regularly placed in the midst of that verse's reality. On Tuesday, my friend Charlie died and went to be with the Lord. That same day my friends, Sarah and Sal, gave birth to little Molly. Tuesday morning I was at my friend Steve's house discussing the loss of his father and praying for comfort and peace with him, and on Wednesday morning I was holding little Molly who wasn't yet a full day old, and praying a prayer of joy and gratitude with her parents, Sarah and Sal. What a swing of emotions life presents us. The reality of those circumstances is that God was in all of them. There is certainly a time to be born and a time to die. These amazing life events bring us face-to-face with both the wonder and sorrow of life, and I'm reminded that Jesus came to show us the love of the Father by experiencing those same wonders and sorrows of life.
 
As another year passes and gives birth to a new year, one thing remains constant, "For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven..." Let's enter 2011 prayerfully mindful that life is a series of events that are sometimes wonderfully unpredictable, and at other times painfully real.
 
At some point we will all experience both ends of that spectrum, which is why I'm glad I have Christ. He is "the same yesterday, today, and forever." Hebrews 13:8