Lenten reflections on scripture — One for clergy

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8, for parish clergy

For everything there is a season
and a Lent or even Ordinary time for every purpose –

a time for a first quaking climb to the pulpit
and sabbatical or retirement to pew-sit,

a time for the search process
and a time to bless the parting of ways,

a time to share your new ideas,
affirm the ideas of others,
and a time to say, “What was I thinking?”

a time for the hospital visit
and one for the youth group lock-in –
both healing
and a committee meeting for killing time,

a time for the funeral
and one in Cana to do the chicken dance,

a time to keep tradition
and a time to cast away your very favorite,

a stone time for a capital campaign
and every time to demolish barriers between people,

a time to weep openly or hide tears,
a time to laugh – at the answers of children,
bad jokes, and yourself,

a time to seek someone who is lost
and a time to bury someone who died by suicide,

a time to embrace your family
and all the time to refrain from embracing anyone else,

a time to care for veterans
in ways deeper than “thanks for your service”
and a time to work relentlessly for peace.

a time to love and a time to love again,
and love again and love again,

and a time to remember that neither you,
nor Qoheleth always gets it right.

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5 Responses to Lenten reflections on scripture — One for clergy

  1. Dawn Shippee says:

    Thank you, Maren. Your words bring a smile of recognition which warms this cold day.

  2. Maren says:

    How many times have each of us said … “What was I thinking?”

  3. mbmankin says:

    As usual, your words are so insightful and powerful reminders of what our call entails. Thank you!

  4. Mark Monson Alley says:

    Loved the rewriting!! And learned something news — Qoheleth — had never heard/read that before. Thanks Maren!! Mark

  5. Maren says:

    Thanks, MaryBeth and Mark, and, Mark, you obviously did not go to Union Seminary where Professor Sanders imparted so much Hebrew Bible (well we didn’t call it that then) information that our seams were bursting!

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