Thought for the month – November

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”
Ecclesiastes 3:1

November – it’s wintertime!

Plants are dying down and some animals are hibernating- all conserving energy.
In farming communities after a busy Spring of planting, a Summer of tending and an Autumn of harvesting, there is time during the winter months to take things a bit easier and to sit back and reflect on the year gone by and make preparations for the coming Spring.

Some years ago, when the pace of life was much slower, most people found that winter brought a time of quiet, an opportunity to do some of the tasks that couldn’t be done because of the busyness of other times in the year and an opportunity to be more reflective. However, life today seems to never slow down and we try to do as many things
as possible all of the time. The shops, even at the beginning of November [and sometimes even from September] are full of things for Christmas so we start thinking and planning for that weeks in advance.

It would be good to take time to reflect on that verse from Ecclesiastes 3 –”There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”

Just as the farmers plant, tend and harvest at the right time as it says in verse 2 of that chapter: “a time to plant and a time to uproot,”  it would be good for us to take time to live in the moment and to appreciate and be thankful for all God has given us.

In that same chapter it says:
“He has made everything beautiful in its time” Ecclesiastes 3:11.

Margaret Telfer