Today is a day some celebrate, some don’t. For all of us I pray that it is a time to join together and move forward. That is not what this post is about. If you notice the Thirty Days of Thanks Calendar, today is being thankful for the time we are given. That is what this post is about, much of which was written prior to the news of the day. Unfortunately I fell asleep before I completed this poem. Be thankful and a good steward of the 168 hours for the week.
3 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. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, New Revised Standard Version)
Everyday, a gift of time
Twenty-four hours for my grind
Free to use mine how I please,
In this moment, how will I seize?
Sands still flow down the glass in the hour
Church bells ring this time is ours.
Minutes tick by, time is not gone,
Each day gives us a brand new dawn.
We get 24 in a day.
Time for work, sleep, and play
I think on God’s majestic pines
Each day we do run out of time
I’ve more work than hours each day
I need sleep so no way I can stay
Need time for the brain to unwind
Boss I don’t need the overtime.
We always want more we can’t deny.
But we can’t steal, borrow, or buy.
We have time and still want more
May God our lives each day restore.
With no way to increase our hours.
Learn to cook and you will have power.
To witness and learn and then take aim,
Living in grace is not a game.
Time to play with a child this day,
The joy in that time should lead the way.
To teach each child to use their time.
To serve the world for humankind.
Thankful for times we’re called to serve
Praise for time we don’t deserve.
God has blessed us through all time
To live for God, loves light does shine.
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