After tragedies and traumatic times such as the terrible events in the UK during first six months of 2017, I gain some comfort from a biblical reference that begins with the words in this post’s title.
I first read these words when I was a school pupil. It was my very first visit to the Tower of London in the 1950’s, and the words had been written on the wall of one of the cells apparently, several centuries before.
I thought at the time it was a plea for leniency or even a cry of hope, by one of the cell’s ill-fated occupants. At that time I had no idea that they were part of a biblical text.
Subsequently parts of that same text were used as the basis of a Folk Music Classic “Turn, Turn, Turn” by Pete Seeger in the fifties.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to get, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.”