Turn, Turn, Turn


When I started high school in 1965, I had no real knowledge of God or the Bible. I was into music as a musician and would entertain, when possible, top 40 songs. The Byrds came out with a song called Turn, Turn, Turn, written by Pete Seeger, and based on today’s first reading from Ecclesiastes 3:1-11. I really liked the song, sang and played it and had no clue it had biblical tones.

As I was reading this today, there is so much wisdom and truth to these words of scripture. There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every thing under the heavens … a time to …

Be born – To die

Plant – Uproot the plant

Kill – Heal

Tear down – Build

Weep – Laugh

Mourn – Dance

Scatter stones – Gather them

Embrace – Be far from embraces

Seek – Lose

Keep – Cast away

Rend – Sew

Silent – Speak

Love – Hate

Of War – Of Peace

I must keep in mind that everything is in God’s time and not my own to be at peace. I have experienced all of the above including death as in Baptism, I died to myself and became a new creation. Ecclesiastes concludes with … “What advantage has the worker from his toil? I have considered the task that God has appointed for the sons of men to be busied about. He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without man’s ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done.”

Lastly, we have an amazing God which reminds me of a song I enjoy playing and singing today which says our God is an “Awesome God.” Amen!

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Mike Burke; Friday, September 23, 2016
Turn, Turn, Turn