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Read:   Ecclesiastes 3:1-14

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
   a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what 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 throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
   a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
  a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
7 a time to tear, 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 for war, and a time for peace.
9 What gain have the workers from their toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with. 11 He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; 13 moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil. 14 I know that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before him.

I write W.I.S.H. posts weeks ahead; this is the first I’m writing since major shoulder surgery two weeks ago.  I appreciate your prayers and best wishes.  Later today I will know more, via a post-op doctor’s appointment.  Friday my slow, conservative physical therapy will begin.  It will be a long, slow process of healing and rehab.  I find that I tire very easily, and am in pain often – so I’m keeping life simple right now.

This week I look to the wisdom of Ecclesiastes ch. 3 – “there is a season for all things”.  That wisdom is seen in the four seasons:  spring, summer, fall, winter.  Spring is preparation and new life; summer is active with growth; fall is the harvest time; winter is the time for rest and recovery.  It’s a natural, recurring cycle.  God’s wisdom is infused in creation.

You’ve heard the expression, “timing is everything”.  I’ve written recently about how wisdom needs discernment – knowing the right season, context, and timing for application.  Now is a season for rest and recovery.

I want to close by expressing my thanks to those who have expressed their care and concern through cards, calls, prayers and best wishes.  I appreciate the empathy that a number of you have shared from your own walk in these shoes.  And, a highlight for me – a great blessing! – a pack of “get well” cards homemade from the children of our church.  They touched my heart deeply.  Thank you!  There are teachable moments, now and “down the road”.  May our eyes, ears, and hearts be open to God’s wisdom and life insights.

Shalom,

Pastor Rob Nystrom