Ecclesiastes 3 1- 8

To all – a season,
a proper-time – for all things
under the heavens:
2A time of birthing, a time of dying,
a time of planting, a time of uprooting what is planted,
3A time of killing, a time of healing,
 a time of breaking down, a time of building up,
4A time of crying, a time of having fun,
a time of wailing, a time of dancing,
5A time of throwing stones, a time of collecting stones,
a time of embracing, a time of staying far from embracing,
6A time of searching, a time of abandoning,
a time of keeping, a time of throwing out
7A time of tearing, a time of mending,
a time of being silent, a time of speaking,
8A time of being loyal, a time of being hostile,
a time of battle and a time of peace.

God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.



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