Reconciling United Methodists of North Carolina

a part of the Reconciling Ministries Network

The Circle of Freedom

An Expansion of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

This is the time to be born for persons who are as courageous and unafraid as was the Christ. It is a time to die for persons who believe the have everything and are blind to the needs of their sisters and brothers.

It is a time to plant the seeds of justice and equality for all people. It is a time to pluck up seeds of prejudice and hatred which have been planted.

It is a time to kill ideas of inequality mid subjugation. It is a time to heal the wounds of the insidious and nonverbal evidences of prejudice. It is a time to break down barriers of all kinds which exist between persons. It is a time to build up mutual love and understanding among all people.

It is a time to weep for those who are spiritually blind to the liberating love of Christ. It is a time to laugh with those who experience Christ's liberation for the first time.

It is a time to mourn for those visions of human freedom that have passed away without being fulfilled. It is a time to dance with those, who through the giving of themselves, have

made visions a reality. It is a time to cast away the stones of hate and blame. It is a time to gather up the gemstones of love and responsibility.

It is a time to embrace our sisters and brothers who struggle with us. It is a time to refrain from embracing those filled with pious platitudes.

It is a time to seek for faith to stride through the frightening valley and to climb the hill of Golgotha. It is a time to lose our desire to remain in the glory and safety of the Mount of Transfiguration.

It is a time to keep the anger of the Christ when he found the temple turned into a dell of thieves. It is a time to throw away the sweet Jesus, meek and

It is a time to rend the veil of the temple which keeps people from taking their rightful places. It is a time to sew together the designs of many people of different life styles.

It is a time to keep silence about trivial issues. It is a time to speak about those issues of life which are central to our very existence.

It is a time to love every question and doubt which leads to abundant life. It is a time to hate the easy answers and the certainties that lead to a living death.

It is a time for war waged forcefully against the chains that restrict the freedom of any person. It is a time for the peace that comes when we work for justice.

Nancy Ruth Gentry Best