Thursday, June 15, 2006

from beginning to end

Bro. Juniper has just returned from a produce run to Barstow and he said after loading the pickup truck he made a quick stop at The Coffee House for a cup of java and lo and behold there was Gordon Hu seated at a table with two soldiers! He said the two soldiers were from Fort Irwin and that Gordon Hu had the Bible that Bro. Clarence gave him, and he was reading passages to the soldiers, who were helping him with certain words. Bro. Juniper said that one of the soldiers had just returned from Iraq on a medical leave, but was to be returning soon. Of course with a pickup truck full of produce, he had to cut his visit short, but not before learning that Gordon Hu is reading his way through the Bible, and this day, with the help of the soldiers, was working on Ecclesiates. This brought a smile to my face, hopefully they will be able to visit us soon.

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

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 refrain,

a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

What does the worker gain from his toil?

I have seen the burden God has laid on men.

He has made everything beautiful in its time.
He has also set eternity in the hearts of men;
yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

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