A Time to Hear from One Another
We encounter the timeless poetry of Ecclesiastes about the seasons of our lives. Pete Seeger iconically set this poetry to music so poignant and beautiful that it is known to nearly all of us. Like all good poetry, there is spaciousness to enter it from our many and varied places in life. Some of us may find in these ancient words a seed of despair, some of us a melancholic sort of hope, and still others enormous freedom. There is a time to hear from one another, and today seemed to be that time…
Megan M Ramer
Festival Scrolls, Fall 2022
- BibleWorm podcast: For Everything There is a Season, Amy Robertson and Robert Williamson, Jr., June 8, 2020.
- The Forgotten Books of the Bible: Recovering the Five Scrolls for Today, Robert Williamson, Jr., 2018
- “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season”: a song by Pete Seeger, most popularly recorded by The Byrds.
- “Mysteries, Yes”, Evidence: Poems by Mary Oliver (2010)
- Image: Photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash
- Ask the Complicated Questions, VT 440 words – ©2018 GIA Publications, Inc., Contributors: David Bjorlin. Permission to podcast the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-726929. All rights reserved.
by Mary Oliver
Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous
to be understood.
How grass can be nourishing in the
mouths of the lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever
in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds will
never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the
scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.
Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who say
“Look!” and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.