Monday, August 10, 2009
A Time for Everything and The Value of Friends
A Time for Everything
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the 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 get, 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 of war, and a time of peace.
The Value of a Friend
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. 11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
I can't discuss poetry and leave out the Bible. It has some of the most beautiful, comforting, uplifting and powerful poetry ever written, especially the Psalms, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. The two passages I posted above are two of my favorites and I read them often. I taught Sunday School when my children were young for almost eight years and we memorized countless Bible verses. I still meditate on those verses I learned so many years ago. I loved teaching children and learned right along with them. The passage about the value of a friend is untouchable, in my opinion, the most beautiful passage about friendship with people and God ever written. My friends are my treasures, more valuable than gold.....
I ask, again, that you all pray for Renee and her family. My heart is heavy and full of love for her and her precious family.
Love, Peace, and Blessings to you all---
PS: I have to include my #1 favorite chapter of the Bible which has comforted me and gotten me through many a crisis and many a painful, sleepless night.
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.