“To everything there is a season, and
A time to every purpose under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die;…
To weep; to mourn; to laugh; to dance;
To love; to hate; a time of war and of peace…”
ECCLESIASTES Chapter 3: 1-4,8.
This is Eastertime; a time to be forgiven and a time to forgive. This is the season of renewal; for new beginnings; to plant seeds of friendship and love.
We pray for peace on earth and resolve to exemplify peace in our own being and in our behaviours toward one another. “Let it begin with me” as we often sing. We rejoice in the message of love and forgiveness and we understand that this is inclusive and yet it is difficult to imagine forgiveness for the atrocities that occur in societies throughout the history of the world and prior to our knowledge of humanity, from the beginning. This is illustrated in the “Adam and Eve” of scripture, that is, from the beginning of life on earth.
“A time to be born and a time to die”, gives us the concept that each one has an “appointment” to be born, and an “appointment” to die. The philosophy presented, is that all of life’s experiences are for a purpose, a purpose of learning and maturing in spiritual wisdom and truth.
If there is no grievance, there is no need to forgive. The emergence of peace, the realization of peace, is born of pain and suffering. The full appreciation of Divine Love, results from our perception of the “Suffering Saviour”. The realization that God so loved the world, that through the modelling of the Christ, with His last breath prayed for forgiveness for the perpetrators of that suffering.
Divine Love and inner peace overcomes all pain and suffering. Forgiveness is the key.
We are born into this world with immaturity. We experience growing pains to become spiritually mature. It is all part of a lesson plan of growth and understanding of wisdom and truth of the highest order. This learning enables each to prepare for a greater purpose, to fulfill a Divine Mission. Far greater than any other accomplishment we may desire. It is the sole reality of life that we carry with us forever.
As Paul the Apostle wrote:
“My beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, always abounding in the work of the Lord…
Know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” I Corinthians 15:58
“O give thanks unto the Lord of lords, for his mercy endureth forever.” Psalm 136:3