Eccl 3:1, 2 – “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens…”
For most of 2020, we lived in the shadow of COVID-19. Governments and individuals have both been sorely challenged by the pain of disruption. While some may have flourished in the hiddenness of lockdown, most find themselves pining for things to return to the way they were.
Like it or not, 2020 has also surfaced pastoral issues that can no longer be ignored. For many, these have already become personal: challenges in emotional and mental health, finances, digital addiction, being neighbourly to the dislocated and disadvantaged.
The writer to the Ecclesiastes would be sympathetic. He provokes dialogue and reflection at every turn as he observes the pain and pointlessness of the inequalities or inevitabilities pervading his world. But if asked today, he would probably say even COVID-19 is nothing new “under the sun”. And ultimately, he would firmly point us back to revere God, apart from whom nothing can make sense, let alone be enjoyed.
Taking heed, instead of merely wishing 2020 away, why not set our gaze God-ward and seize the opportunity to form Christ-like convictions for lasting change in our walk and witness?
Drawing inspiration from Ecclesiastes 3, we picked eight of the 14 contrasting dyads to spark reflection, discern the times and so see Christ clearly in our midst and overcome.
|22 Nov||A Time To Heal||Dr Tan Soo-Inn (GraceWorks)|
|29 Nov||A Time To Uproot||Rev Dr Lewis Wrinkler (EAST)|
|6 Dec||A Time To Die||Ps David Wong (Zion Bishan BP Church)|
|13 Dec||A Time To Build||Bro Kenneth Wong (Bethesda Ang Mo Kio)|
|20 Dec||A Time To Mend||Bro Benny Ho (Faith Community Church in Perth, Australia)|
|25 Dec (Christmas)||A Time For Peace||Dr Freddy Boey (Covenant Evangelical Free Church)|
|27 Dec||A Time To Love||Dr Tan Lai Yong|
|31 Dec (Watchnight)||A Time To Be Silent||Bishop Emeritus Dr Robert Solomon|