January 1

Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-13.

A time ago I lost a few 

A few of those I loved and lost and mourn — even still

As they crossed the threshold, we stood and wept. 

A time ago I gained a friend, 

A friend that listened and loved and left — even still 

As they left and took my tears with them. 

A time ago I lost myself and cried

A million tears were shed wrestling in my head — even still

As my fear and grief consumed me. 

A time ago I gained some hope and love

A feeling quite contrary — even still

As seasons changed and I found the one I’ll marry. 

A time ago was time enough

A time so sad and dreary — no longer still

As hope continues to abide, 

I find myself less and less weary. 

As we enter this year, invite yourself to change and reflect on the changing — even if you still struggle. Invite yourself to reflect on the versions of you that have culminated in who you are today, and who you will be tomorrow. 

Pray

Heavenly Father, we praise you for the way things change. Even if change hurts sometimes, we thank you for the seasons of our lives that have changed to create our present person. Even if we still experience the same feelings, joy or sorrow-filled, let us learn to love the things that change, and find rest in those that don’t. Amen.

Evie Butcher

Student, Marshall UKIRK

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