For Everything a Season
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By Joan Chittister
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven." –Ecclesiastes 8:1.
Those words from scripture have a special resonance for Joan Chittister's For Everything a Season, which is in fact a meditation on this famous passage: "There is a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted..." In reflecting on the contrasting seasons of our lives, Chittister shows how human fulfillment and true happiness come, not from getting and having more and more, but from knowing and valuing what we have. In all the precious moments of life, God speaks to us: "Look at life once more and where you have been blinded, see, and where you have become numb to the point of the senseless, the dead of heart, now glory."
An earlier version of this text was published as There is a Season by Joan Chittister with art work by John August Swanson in 1995 by Orbis Books.