With each year, month, day, and moment we are able to celebrate looking back and looking forward. Ecclesiastes cannot be "upped".
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plan, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."
The word "celebrate" usually implies that in doing so there is great joy and while that is true it does not forget that their is also great sorrow. Additionally we recall that not all moments are extreme, some we are merely moving within.
This month we find ourselves again in the midst of all of the above.
Old seasons are passing away and new ones are beginning. We pluck up faded hopes and plant new dreams. Moments can lead us weeping before the Lord and others can bring the encouragement of a friend. We "dance upon injustice" for ourselves and others. We embrace where we are and refrain from embracing where we are not. Nearly each week we gain opportunities and nearly each week we lose them. We keep our faith and cast away our cares. We rend our hearts and keep silent holding on to promises. We speak and sew into the lives of those we love. We hate that war is necessary but know that peace will soon be coming.
Come Yeshua, move in our lives, hold us up, breakdown the flesh, strengthen our resolve, lighten our loads but not so much that we lose our ability to grow character. We need you, we embrace all that You command and all that you give. We look to the day that You fight the big battle and reestablish your peace and Kingdom!