For Catholics, this is the season of Advent. It is a season of waiting. What do we wait for? It could be something outside us. It could also be something deeper within: like a better feeling, or a better state of being. We can become impatient easily.
It is good to be reminded that time is needed for things to grow from without and from within, and that there is a right time for everything. And that this right timing is grace.
This is the Message Bible’s version of Ecclesiastes 3.
The Right Time
There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:
A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace.