Season-Such-as-ThisThis past Sunday, we heard from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 which is also where the band “The Byrds” received inspiration for their song “Turn, Turn, Turn.” This is a reminder to all of us that we travel through seasons in our lives. We have moments of celebration as well as deep despair. We have seasons of health and those of sickness. Seasons of life, and seasons of death. We may experience a time of stagnation and then a sudden rebirth.

One of the truths that we can take form this is that we are all on individual journeys, even if we are close to each other. We are facing different issues than our neighbors, maybe even our spouses. While one person may be happy and celebrating where they are in their journey, another might be reaching the lowest point they have been in quite some time. Some people put on a really good face and say that everything is fine, when inside they are falling to pieces. One couple is celebrating a milestone anniversary and another is finalizing a bitter divorce. One person is sharing joyful news of remission and a neighbor is receiving a phone call with test results.

We are all at different places in our lives, different seasons, and we should not assume that everyone else is in the same place as we are. We should be compassionate and understanding about those around us, where we work and play, even where we worship. My constant thought is that if there is one place where we can just be ourselves, it should be the church. The church should be our family and one that we can share all of our hurts, habits, and hangups. It is where we should feel the comfort of God’s Agape (unconditional) love, expressed through all who enter these doors. So, when I ask “How you doin’?” I really want to know, and I hope you can do the same with those around you.

What season are you in right now? Where would you like to be? And how can I help you get there?