It's Holy Week!
My self-imposed Lenten projects were to slow down and to do small, ordinary things with love. I have learned lessons about doing small things with great love; I've learned things about slowing down.
I'd had plans for how I was going to go about doing those things. They came to nothing because people around here kept taking turns being ill. As a result, I slowed down to meet others' needs, rather than to follow the grand checklist I'd made.
In that slowing-down time, there was time for reflection
Rather than go into detail about my personal revelations (I'll spare the handful of people who find their way to this blog!), I'll quote a timeless wisdom that is greater than anything I could write. It's a wisdom that is carrying me with joy into Holy Week. Despite my best-laid plans falling by the side, despite life throwing a few curve balls, I learned more about trusting God. That is a joyful thing.
There is an appointed time for everything,
and a time for every affair under the heavens.
A time to give birth, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;
a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.
What profit have workers from their toil? I have seen the business that God has given to mortals to be busied about. God has made everything appropriate to its time, but has put the timeless into their hearts so they cannot find out, from beginning to end, the work which God has done. I recognized that there is nothing better than to rejoice and to do well during life. Moreover, that all can eat and drink and enjoy the good of all their toil—this is a gift of God. I recognized that whatever God does will endure forever; there is no adding to it, or taking from it. Thus has God done that he may be revered. What now is has already been; what is to be, already is: God retrieves what has gone by.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-15