(…including being so sick that you fall weeks behind in your publishing schedule! Here’s is the November 3 song…)
If there is anything we have gleaned about the idea of ‘harvest’ from a farmer’s perspective, it is that it is intense. There is a specific time to do it. It’s urgent. It’s tiring.
Everything is at stake if it doesn’t happen.
Do you also forget that there are seasons and phases to life? The older women remind me that “The days are long but the years are short.”
We don’t have the big picture, but it helps to remember that there IS a big picture, and we are living in just one brush stroke.
While “harvest” at first glance seems to be just one part of the text from Ecclesiastes, with a little more considering, one can see that the seasonal concept of harvest is like a concentrated essence of the cycles and seasons of all of life.
I consulted with some farming expert witnesses and received some insightful words about the intense season of harvest.
Below, mixed throughout the text of this week’s song, which comes from Ecclesiastes chapter 3 in the Bible, you will find additional words in brackets. These words are the responses I received to my request for a list of words that came to mind upon hearing the word “harvest.” (thank you farmer John and wife Liz, and gardener Marilyn!)
As you can see, this text addresses the concept more than just in its one instance of the word “harvest.” All of the seasons of life are reflected in the grueling labor endured by those who work in agriculture. And, those who work in agriculture, experience a gamut of emotions during harvest that mirror the whole of life.
We hope you enjoy this beautiful song, ponder the harvest from a farmer’s perspective, and see your own life the cycles of change that keep us full.
“A Time for Everything” (listen)
Words from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, adapted by Mark Hayes
There is a time for everything,
A season for everything under heaven:
A time to be born and a time to die,
A time to plant and a time to harvest,
[bounty, rewarding, squash, pumpkins]
A time to kill and a time to heal,
A time to destroy and a time to rebuild,
[long days, hard work]
A time to weep and a time to laugh,
A time to grieve and a time to dance,
[struggle, marathon, satisfying]
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones,
[crisp air, bagging, canning]
A time to embrace and a time to turn away,
[sprint, very time sensitive]
A time to search and a time to lose,
[exciting, long days, scheduling]
A time to keep and 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.
[pinnacle, it’s the point of everything else we do]
There is a time for everything under heaven.
There is a time, there is a time, there is a time.