and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Last week, it seemed, was a time for death. Lena’s brother passed away after 3 months of health complications. One of my college classmates was killed in a motorcycle accident. The president and a large number of top officials of Poland were in a plane crash and lost their lives. 2 kids died in a house fire in my home town. These are just the ones that touched my circle of influence in some way.
I don’t always understand the reasons God does the things a certain way. I don’t know why Lena’s brother lived to be in his 70s, and my classmate Mark only lived to be 23. But I’m thankful that God is in control of all of our lives, and he has our days numbered. These deaths didn’t happen outside of his plan for the overall scheme of things. He is going to provide healing and life to those who are mourning right now, because that’s how God works. So I don’t have to understand, but I do need to trust and praise Him no matter what.