For Everything There Is A Season Ecclesiastes 31-8

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					                        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
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.

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