Ups And Downs

This weekend brought a mix of emotions for Chele and me. Our good friends got married this weekend. Chele and I were incredibly excited to be with Amy and Scott as they prepared to begin living out the rest of their lives together. We happily celebrated alongside our friends during this joyful time.

On Sunday, though, Michele also found out that one of her best friends’ father unexpectedly passed away in an accident. Over the weekend we spent time mourning and grieving along with Jett during her time of loss.

These two events sharply contrasted each other because of their immediate timing with relative to one another. However, a lot has been going on around us lately that are in addition to this weekend. We have had friends have babies, close friends of the family family losing their husbands, friends getting new jobs after a bout with unemployment, Mom getting sick and then getting better, and also other friends around us dealing with illnesses and sickness.

As I was thinking of this weekend, this Bible verse kept popping into my head. I figure Solomon probably meant that these times/seasons are spread out during our lives. Apparently, though this weekend brought a little of two seasons back-to-back.

For everything there is a season,

a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die.

A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal.

A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh.

A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.

A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching.

A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend.

A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate.

A time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NLT)

Focusing on the awesome part of our weekend, congratulations, Scott and Amy!! Thank you for letting us share in your joy, laughter, dancing, and love. May you always lean on one another and serve each other faithfully for the rest of your lives.