Everything written by Joan Chittister, OSB, challenges me to live with more purpose and integrity. Her words are infused with a deep knowing that God does not want empty praise, but wholehearted commitment that results in active love. In For Everything a Season, she reflects on a well-known passage from Ecclesiastes. Her powerful voice will help you see more in this small passage than you ever thought possible.
Chittister calls us to look closely, consciously, with fresh eyes as life unfolds. She challenges readers to not be dulled by the cultural norms and expectations of consumerism; rather, we should strive to pursue goodness, that for which God has created us. For Everything a Season is the gift of a spiritually mature, self-reflective writer who calls to readers with urgency in her voice.
When I think of this Bible text I usually hear the music of The Byrds conveying the rhythms of our lives. The verses seem a simple collection of observations on the ups and downs. A time to weep? Of course, because sometimes we are happy, and other times we are sad. Yet in Chittister’s view, this is a much more pressing matter, critical for our spiritual life. As Jesus wept for his people in Jerusalem, so we are called to weep over the broken in our midst. “We must stay eternally restless for justice, for joy. Restless enough to cry out in pain when the world lacks them.” Our lives are a holy responsibility to our Creator God and to one another, and Chittister pleads that we take this seriously.
I am thankful for the fresh perspective I gained on this familiar Bible passage. Whether you read the book in one sitting, or take time to savor each topic individually, this volume promises rich opportunities for reflection.
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