Grace Day

from the Mourning and Dancing reading plan

Ecclesiastes 3:1, Ecclesiastes 3:4

BY She Reads Truth

Take this day as an opportunity to catch up on your reading, pray, and rest in the presence of the Lord.
Focusing on the second part of verse 4, ask the Holy Spirit for the freedom to mourn and dance in every season of your life.

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4:

There is an occasion for everything,
and a time for every activity under heaven:

a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance

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33 thoughts on "Grace Day"

  1. Ashley Thomas says:

    When I try to read these verses, I always end up singing The Byrds song Turn! Turn! Turn! instead. I wonder how many have sang this song without realizing it comes straight from the Bible. That song has always comforted me, and filled me with joy at the same time; mourning and dancing.

  2. Mari V says:

    I woke up late! I set my alarm for Friday morning instead of Saturday! So here I am up late morning. I woke up just in time to meet our students for a 6 mile run. (I’m one of the adults training with them for the half marathon in March).
    I ran listening to familiar Christmas music that has always been a family favorite, I began to feel sad. I finally feel I am mourning the loss of a 20+ marriage. I was remembering the good times during this season and the special music that we would listen to. But God… HE is with me. HE is with my kids. These 2+ years that I’ve been away from my unhealthy environment I finally feel I have grown. I have grown so close to my Jesus. I am thankful for the days that there’s been dancing in my life. Times of joy! I can finally breathe! And as hard as it is for me, I pray for my kids dad.

  3. Laurel says:

    The time to mourn and the time to dance often catch one unaware. On the eve of Thanksgiving, I found out one of my former students attempted suicide and since passed. My mind has been recalling conversations and moments with him while trying not to wail, “Why?” God is present, and I pray for His comfort for families and friends of suicide victims.

  4. Sue says:

    Remembering Raechel’s words from Day1:

    “We must never stop mourning brokenness.
    It is right to mourn.

    And we must never cease to celebrate life and beauty.
    It is right to dance.

    (Let us) acknowledge the tension and do both, seeking the Lord as we navigate the complexities of this world.”

    God, give us grace today as we hold both grief and joy in the same hand.

  5. Ann says:

    When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
    we were like those who dream.

    Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
    and our tongue with shouts of joy;
    then they said among the nations,

    “The LORD has done great things for them.”

    The LORD has done great things for us;
    we are glad.

    Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
    like streams in the Negeb!

    Those who sow in tears
    shall reap with shouts of joy!

    He who goes out weeping,
    bearing the seed for sowing,
    shall come home with shouts of joy,
    bringing his sheaves with him.
    Psalm 126

  6. Churchmouse says:

    “There is a time…” How grateful I am that time is under God’s control and that hardship in this life has an end point. This dark night of the soul shall pass. Daily I trust God to show me the way and reveal to me the lesson that I know He wants to reveal. Knowing the reason behind this time is far less important than knowing He is with me. This too shall pass. In the meantime, in the waiting, let me be faithful. Let me not grow weary. Let me rest in His promises.

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