There are a few different concepts I have been pondering, as of late.
This first concept is the idea that there is a season for everything. The specific passage I am referring to is found in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. American Standard Version (ASV):
3 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”
What does this passage even mean? I am left to wonder at these words. How can there be a time for everything? Can such a thing be ordained/arranged from divinity? Do we as gods choose when these times are, before we come into these mortal frames? So many questions, I can only ponder their meanings. When you feel as strongly as I do, you tend to feel like maybe the weeping will never end, and maybe the sorrow is a mark that forever defines your soul. But what if there is hope that it will cease? What if I can still hope for a season of joy and laughter yet to come? What if everything is set aside and accounted for? What do we create and what do we just ‘fall into’? If we accept that we are all co-creators of our reality in this universe, then how do we align ourselves with the seasons and times we set out to experience? I admit, I have more questions than I have answers, yet my probing mind will not stop being curious. And I do pray, that there will be a time for me to remember and understand every season my soul goes through.
The second concept I have been pondering is the Serenity Prayer written by Reinhold Neibuhr (1892-1971).