Solomon said it well when he shared, “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven…”
He continued in Ecclesiastes 3 with the famous passage listing the contrasts we face in life, beginning with “There is a time to give birth and a time to die…”
It seems good news and bad news always travel together. You can’t have one for long without another coming along.
This weekend has been one of those weekends. I haven’t heard of anyone dying or being born for that matter. But I have had time to reflect on many things, some deeply serious and downright devastating — like a struggling soul losing the battle against sin or a marriage of many years ending in divorce; and at the same time some things that are wonderfully joyous — like two lives being joined in marriage or a new life being knitted together in a mother’s womb.
Life has so many twists and turns. There are so many complexities that don’t always allow you to know what to think, or say, or do.
I guess sometimes you just have to “rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep,” as Paul said in Romans 12:15.
I’ve certainly felt like doing both this weekend.