A time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11)

A friend and I used to share a joke. I would ask, “What’s the essence of a good joke?” and before I had even said the word ‘joke’, he would reply, “Timing”! Ecclesiastes chapter 3 is arguably the most famous section in the book of Ecclesiastes. It’s been popularised by The Byrds and Bob Dylan. There is something very beautiful about a timely word, a timely gift, or even a timely cup of coffee. Yet the beauty of this poem can veil the futility of life. For every good and timely action has it’s counter. What is done will one day be undone. Nothing seems to last.

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