Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV)

1 There is a time1 for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:

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2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,2

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3 a time to kill3 and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,

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4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent4 and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)

1 There is a time1 for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:

DEVOTION -Cathy Robbs Turner (Tennessee)

During one of my favorite family vacations when I was a little girl, I experienced the thrill of life under the big top as I watched the “Flying High Circus” show.  I was mesmerized by the trapeze artists as they executed their dynamic tricks, swinging from bar to bar.  Their movements required precise timing and made me gasp with excitement.

In our spiritual lives, we need to practice good timing too.  God keeps our bodies,minds, and spirits in sync.  We are more likely to let into God’s rhythm when we have a balance of work and rest.  We saw God’s rhythm in creation: six days of work and rest.  God’s rhythm often requires us to slow down so that we will be in sync with God.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God’s rhythm is never too fast or too slow.

PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for showing us the importance of resting from our labors.  Help us to slow down and to spend time with you.  We pray as Jesus taught us, saying, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” (Luke 11:2-4 KJV).  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE WHO CANNOT TAKE TIME TO REST

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