It is “a time to give birth” (v.2a) to a new
methodology for effective evangelization.
is “a time to die” (v.2b) to ourselves in clinging
to our old ways of doing things, as we strive for more effective
ways of doing our work.
is “a time to kill” (v.3a) the old self that
is influenced by the world, the flesh and the devil.
is “a time to heal” (v.3b) the hurts and pains
that keep us from wholly giving ourselves to God and His
is “a time to tear down” (v.3c) the strongholds
of the enemy that hold people in bondage.
is “a time to build” (v.3d) the kingdom of God
in our midst.
is “a time to weep” (v.4a) about the darkness
in a world full of poverty, crime, war, calamities.
is “a time to laugh” (v.4b) and rejoice at the
outpouring of grace and blessings upon God’s beloved
is “a time to mourn” (v.4c) the loss of faith
in the world.
is “a time to dance” (v.4d) with joy at the
privilege of doing our work of evangelization.
is “a time to scatter stones” (v.5a) that will
cause ripples through the waters and disturb the complacency
is “a time to gather them” (v.5b) and build
them up into one solid foundation that is the Church.
is “a time to embrace” (v.5c) the fullness of
the life and mission given us by God, including the call
to the New Evangelization.
is “a time to be far from embraces” (v.5d) of
friends and loved ones as we go off to war and make sacrifices
for the cause of Christ.
is “a time to seek” (v.6a) the lost sheep.
is “a time to lose” (v.6b) our self-centeredness,
our complacency, our pride, our reluctance to embrace the
is “a time to keep” (v.6c) our confidence in
the empowerment that comes from the Holy Spirit.
is “a time to cast away” (v.6d) our fears and
be not afraid.
is “a time to rend” (v.7a) our hearts in repentance
for all the ways we have not given our all to God and to
is “a time to sew” (v.7b) and weave a tapestry
of glorious holy existence in God’s grace.
is “a time to be silent” (v.7c) and come in
prayer before the holy presence of God, to give Him the
worship that is His due.
is “a time to speak” (v.7d) as we witness to
our Lord Jesus Christ.
is “a time to love” (v.8a) our neighbor as ourselves,
including our enemies.
is “a time to hate” (v.8b) the enemy and his
works, as he seeks to destroy faith, family and life.
is “a time of war” (v.8c). We are warriors.
is “a time of peace” (v.8d). We are peacemakers.
We seek peace for the world, that which is shalom, being
in right relationships with others.