Daily Worship

Giving signs meaning

Albert Bogle November 12, 2013 0 0

Eccles 3: 1-10

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.

Yesterday was
November the eleventh
I was at my desk
I could hear the radio playing in the distance.
The phone rang
I lifted the receiver
I listened,
I spoke for a short time,
I wasn’t interested in what they were selling
I put the receiver down.
Returning to my work, my ears pricked up. 
In the distance
“Big Ben” Chimed eleven times 
My eye caught the digital clock on my screen
It turned eleven.
I looked out the window
Autumn leaves fell from the trees.
The grass was covered with a carpet of leaves.
And I was forced to remember -  that nothing lasts! for ever.

thank you for the meaningless phone call,
preparing me for the meaningful chimes of Remembrance.

Thank you for the symbols and the signs all around 
Pointing to the deeper meaning for all of our lives.
Lord, give me insight to read the signs and symbols.


Albert Bogle, St Andrew's Church, Bo'ness