“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
In this well-known text from the book of Ecclesiastes, we are introduced to the idea that good and bad events have their time. There is a time to lament, but there is also a time to celebrate and reflect with gratitude. The author of Ecclesiastes recognizes that it is easy to get consumed with the seasons of life, especially the difficult ones. But life, like the moon, waxes and wanes. For that, we can be grateful. This text teaches us to reflect with gratitude on the season in which we find ourselves. That does not mean be grateful for difficulties and it does not mean that God causes struggles. It means that we can be grateful for God being with us and bringing us through difficult seasons and we can be grateful for God gifting us with seasons of rest and seasons of growth. As you reflect on this scripture, think about the season in which you find yourself. What are you grateful for in this season of life?