A meditation on the book of Ecclesiastes by Kim Aasland
This is not the time to dance or laugh or even embrace. This is the time to weep And to listen to the weeping of others and hold that in our hearts If we are to build up, we must first tear down. If we are to plant, we must first uproot what has been planted. Let us not rush to make everything better As if we could Let us mourn Let us go to the house of the Lord to listen And may our words be few Like the One who took on flesh May we, too, enter into the reality of our brothers and sisters Being willing to have our eyes fully opened Let our hearts be broken as we hear their pain Intensify our compassion, Lord So that when one member of the body suffers, all suffer To be willing to Enter into to the pain of another Now that is true love Just as we shun embracing That one day we may embrace Let us tear down That one day we may build up rightly Let us mourn fully and completely That one day we may dance.