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

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