For Everything There Is A Season . . . . . Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 v 1: For everything there is a season, and a time for every activity under heaven, God has a plan for everyone. He provides cycles of life - each with work for us to do. Timing is important. The secret to peace with God lies in the discovery, acceptance and appreciation of God’s perfect timing. The danger is to doubt or resent God’s plan. v 2: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, The seeds and new green growth in the upper arrangement flow down to the mature seeds, harvest fruits, and uprooted plants dying amongst the rocks below. The nesting birds and bones symbolise birth and death. v 3: a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build up, Arrangements on the steel mesh panel embody the four elements of the text: killing, healing, tearing down and building up. The reinforcing panel supports and unifies the arrangements, and reminds us of the sustaining power and love of God in our lives - in all seasons. v 4: a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, Emotions are depicted by the shapes, colours and the positioning within the floral display. The hanging foliage indicates mourning and weeping, while the brighter arrangement reflects laughter and dancing. v 5: a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, In the upper arrangement twisted bark is ‘embraced’ by flowers, with a selection of stones gathered at the base. In contrast, the lower arrangement has no bark and a scattering of stones. v 6: a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, Flowers in the large chest and on the telescope denote the treasures and memories we seek and gather throughout our lives. Our greatest treasure is the Word of God, too valuable ever to give up or throw away. v 7: a time to tear, and a time to sew, a time to keep silent and a time to speak, Elements of sewing are represented by twisted willow (threads), large leaves (textiles), mixed flowers (fabric designs) and the pattern (God’s plan for our lives). Dolls aid the interpretation: one complete and the other torn. The mobile phone, whether on or off, depicts both keeping silent and speaking out. v 8: a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. In wartime a rough cross was often erected for comrades who lost their lives in battle. It echoes the hatred at the heart of conflict. The doves in the second floral arrangement symbolise peace and love. With thanks to Chris Longmire, Genevieve Weckert and the Bethlehem Floral Design Group, (Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Flinders St Adelaide) for their display for the Adelaide Festival Fringe from 5-8 March 2004.