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The Gift of Time!

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Ecclesiastes 3: 6     a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; [1]

The other day, a person told me they had received one of the best gifts of all, the “Gift of Time.”  At first, I was a little stunned because in the previous breath, they told me that they had just been released from their employment.  While I felt sorry for the individual, they made me feel better when they said they had received such a remarkable gift of time – time to think, time to refresh, time to renew, time to reinvigorate their spirit.

          In the 3rd chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes, there is a verse that says, “A time to seek and a time to lose…”(vs.6).  As I think of that verse, I am reminded by the Wisdom Writer that not every day will be a pleasant day, not every experience will be joyful, not every moment will be sweet.  So, we live our lives in the faith that God is faithful, and will walk with us through every occasion of life.  When the bottom falls out of your life, I hope you will remember the words of my member and thank God for the “Gift of Time!”

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What advice would you give to a person who has lost their employment?
  2. How do you maintain hope and presence of mind in times of loss?

 

Prayer:  Lord, grant me a positive spirit.  Help me to see opportunity, even in the middle of loss and tragedy.  Lord, I pray for the gift of time.  Show me how to retreat, refresh and renew my spirit.  Teach me to project and see beyond the present storm.  Grant me your peace.  Grant me your joy.  Grant me your love.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Video by Stephen F. Hood

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ec 3:6). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Two Are Better Than One!

Two are Better Than One-


Sunday, my wife had a meeting, so I took advantage of Lording over the kitchen, making a little assembly line as I show the seven children in my Confirmation Class, my little method for making quesadillas. Each child was given a task: one laid down the soft tortilla shells; another sprinkled mozzarella cheese on top of the tortilla shells; still another spread the salsa; one was generous in putting chicken in the mix; another spread out spinach on top of everything. Finally, the last task was to gently flip the loaded tortilla shell in half. After flipping the quesadillas, I showed them how I cut it up into pie shapes.

We had a ball in the kitchen. More important than creating a tasty meal, I tried to show the children the importance of teamwork and working together. After all, this is a major theme throughout the entire Bible.

Ecclesiastes 4: Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken. [1]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are some of the reasons why “Two can be better than one?”
  2. Are there times when you would rather travel alone?

Prayer: Lord, grant me a partner. Grant me someone who will encourage me, work with me, and even chastise me. Humble me Lord, so I might learn from the wisdom of others. Motivate me so I might motivate others. Strengthen me, so I might strengthen someone else. Help me to work with others, energize others, and bless others, even as you have been a blessing to me. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ec 4:9–12). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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