To Everything There Is a Season

2de872b2e6c6de95e6e33b42737312e9[1]Remember the song made popular by the Byrds – Turn, Turn, Turn. It was written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s. The Byrds recorded it in 1965. You can hear a version of it on YouTube here.

The lyrics, except for the title which is repeated throughout the song and the final two lines, are adapted word-for-word from the English version of the first eight verses of the third chapter of the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes written about 450-180 BC.

I decided to write a few posts as this year begins about change and this song came to mind. Here are the lyrics – as timely today as when they were originally written. It appears change has been an issue for we humans for a very long time.

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones
A time to gather stones together

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew

A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late!

Acceptance of whatever the turning wheel of life brings our way. Easy words to read and mentally understand. Very difficult wisdom to live. Letting go and trusting that whatever comes is potentially in our highest good.

Remember, you are love.
Peace.

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