I am feeling very sad for a neighbor of ours. As I reflect on this passage, family and friends have gathered at his side; his battle with cancer is coming to an end. Ecclesiastes tells us “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” The passage offers bittersweet words of encouragement. There’s truth to the words. The trouble comes when it is hard to accept the timing. We pray for a miracle; hold onto hope. The time comes anyway. With these ancient words, God offers peace in the midst of sorrow. Some of life’s occasions are just more difficult to accept.