… a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together …

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… a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together …

An obscure passage in the book of Ecclesiastes that has perplexed scholars and sages, yet it echoes clearly in my mind with meaning.  My time to cast away stones has come, though I may have hesitated too long and now may have to leave that to others.

Pity

9 thoughts on “… a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together …

    thehuntress915 said:
    June 12, 2019 at 11:06 am

    I’ve always thought about this as gathering “verbal and emotional” stones. Because I have tons of those for peeps who deserve it. I shall cast thy stone into the depths of your glass soul…..I always say.

      Rusty Armor responded:
      June 12, 2019 at 12:08 pm

      Can’t remember the wag who quipped; “people who live in glass houses probably shouldn’t … ”
      Sounds like a Johnny Carson line …

    Rivergirl said:
    June 12, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Maybe the Lord was building a stone wall…?
    😉

      Rusty Armor responded:
      June 12, 2019 at 12:04 pm

      🙂 Perhaps. From the meanderings of the wisest among us, I’d say your interpretation has a better chance of being correct than theirs.
      I kind of take it as ‘a time to build, and a time to take down what you have built’. Maybe it was intended to be obscure …

        Rivergirl said:
        June 12, 2019 at 12:31 pm

        Well, our stone walls are always falling down. Of course that has more to do with frost heaves than religious epiphanies…. so what do I know?

    Catherine said:
    June 12, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Sometimes we have to let people go … the toxic ones … and hang on to those who bring meaning and purpose to our lives. Maybe that sounds simple but that’s how I see it.

      Rusty Armor responded:
      June 12, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      Very true. I tend to look at it as more of ‘things’, however. I was just watching a video of a house nearby that had beautiful gardens and landscaping, but when the owner grew too ill to maintain it, it fell into disuse and became such an eyesore that the county issued a condemned order until it was cleaned up. Volunteers came and removed the overgrowth, plowed up the once beautiful gardens and seeded them with grass so that all the property would need was a mowing. All the love the owner had put into the landscape was lost.
      I decided then that I was not going to wait for that to happen with my home.

        Catherine said:
        June 12, 2019 at 5:23 pm

        At first I thought about “things,” but I’m always downsizing or getting my house in order (at least trying to). Rusty, I live in an area close to where I grew up, and sometimes I take a drive to see what’s new. Sadly, there are places that were once familiar, but now are barely recognizable. Architecture that was once admired has been replaced with buildings that are just plain ugly. Letting go is painful whether it be toxic people in our lives or “things” that we love. This could get deep so I will leave you with this: Have a peaceful night, my friend.

    Lia Storm said:
    June 16, 2019 at 9:57 am

    I really have no clue so I looked this up to see what other say and there are so many interpretations of it that who knows? Maybe the verse has different meanings for different people, whatever He has for us at the time we read it? Anyway, I always liked that chapter in the scriptures … a time for everything.

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