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Lenten Devotion, Mar. 28

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1

We’re fortunate to live in a place like the Willamette Valley where each season is distinct with its own kind of natural beauty. Just this past week, we saw the last snows of winter give way to the first signs of spring.

The third chapter of Ecclesiastes reminds us that our lives, too, are seasonal. All matters great (birth and death, war and peace) and small (planting and harvesting, conversation and reflection) have a place on God’s calendar.

Dear God, open our eyes to the beauty of the changing seasons and guide us as we navigate the seasons of our own lives. Help us to recognize our purpose in Your grand design. Amen.

Drew Haugen

Footnote: Revisiting this passage, I couldn’t help but hear the words as they were sung by Pete Seeger, who put them to music in 1959. You likely know the song, too. Give Pete’s version a listen here:

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