Turn, Turn, Turn

In addition to being the home of the world’s best shower singers, the ‘loo’ is also where we assume the position the artist Rodin made famous. Said position seems to be oxygen for the brain as thoughts and ideas surge.

While embracing Rodin this morning, climate change passed through my mind. And drought, and wind storms, and ‘hundred-year’ floods. Everything around us can be explained, one way or another, by the Bible. In the Creation, God instituted that which keeps all things in motion; in this particular instance, seeds and cycles. Trees, plants, vegetables, all manner of the flora found on earth come from seeds; they multiply according to the master plan of sowing (done by nature as well as man), growing, production, wilting, and dying. This applies to us humans as well – we are created by seed, too, and follow those same steps of development. There are cycles visible in dust storms, droughts (usually seven years between events but sometimes longer, like here in Florida), high tides and low tides. There are many more cycles as well but you get the general idea.

At the same time, I was having those thoughts, from out of the deep recesses of what I laughingly refer to as my mind, the chorus of this song presented itself. Read the words carefully (and feel free to sing along!) and see if the lyrics don’t tell us the exact same thing.

What we are experiencing in this most remarkable year of 2020, is the cycle of cycles. A bit unnerving and distressing that there seem to be many cycles repeating themselves just now but it’s important to remember – it is a cycle and a new one follows on the heels of the previous one and so we get on. The phrase, “This too shall pass” should be Post It noted all over your home and your devices. Because it is true, this will pass and a new cycle will begin.

Turn, turn, turn – and a time to every purpose under heaven.

Afterword from Neo:

I have loved that Byrds song ever sing it came out, and still do. It reminds us of the fact that things do change, but the essentials remain essential.

As I’m sure Audre knows as well as I do, it wasn’t original from The Byrds though. Here it is in its original context:

¹ 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 plant, 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 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.

What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.

17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

22 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?

Ecclesiastes 3

Something it is hard for us to remember most of the time.

22 Responses to Turn, Turn, Turn

  1. audremyers says:

    I love it when you ‘tag team’ the readers, lol!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. audremyers says:

    Nothing german about it (wink!!!)

    Liked by 1 person

      • audremyers says:

        (giggling!)

        Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          “8 Wer ist wie der Weise, und wer kann die Dinge auslegen? Die Weisheit des Menschen erleuchtet sein Angesicht; aber ein freches Angesicht wird gehaßt.

          2 Halte das Wort des Königs und den Eid Gottes.

          3 Eile nicht zu gehen von seinem Angesicht, und bleibe nicht in böser Sache; denn er tut, was er will.

          4 In des Königs Wort ist Gewalt; und wer mag zu ihm sagen: Was machst du?

          5 Wer das Gebot hält, der wird nichts Böses erfahren; aber eines Weisen Herz weiß Zeit und Weise.

          6 Denn ein jeglich Vornehmen hat seine Zeit und Weise; denn des Unglücks des Menschen ist viel bei ihm.

          7 Denn er weiß nicht, was geschehen wird; und wer soll ihm sagen, wie es werden soll?

          8 Ein Mensch hat nicht Macht über den Geist, den Geist zurückzuhalten, und hat nicht Macht über den Tag des Todes, und keiner wird losgelassen im Streit; und das gottlose Wesen errettet den Gottlosen nicht.”

          Luther Bibel 1545

          German enough for you, smarty!

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  3. Alys Williams says:

    Thanks you two. I will forward too to someone who will appreciate.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. audremyers says:

    NEO – roaring!!! I hate a show-off!

    (lmao!)

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  5. 39 Pontiac Dream says:

    Only Audre Myers could go from singing in the shower, to the loo, to Rodin, to the Bible and The Byrds and make sense of it!

    Cracking article, Audre. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Frank Clune says:

    Outstanding!

    Liked by 3 people

  7. the unit says:

    After my morning constitutional, checking the weather, and Fox (don’t start with blogs as it’s pretty early, usually don’t see new blogs much before 7 central. Have learned however to expect something of an eye opener from Andre… earlier than NEO 🙂 ).
    Anyway had seen Fox article showing pic of Earnhardt at Bristol Motor Speedway, from NBC…old pic depicted as current…later removed.
    Again, anyway when I saw title ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ (again early) I thought of old joke ‘Why do race car drivers always turn left? Ans: to miss the wall on the right.
    Like your post, but everyday I need a little humor added in. 🙂

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    • audremyers says:

      Love your input, Unit. You are often a ray of sunshine – and you know us Floridians can get a little blaze’ about sunshine!

      Liked by 2 people

      • the unit says:

        I should’ve said “even more humor” as yours is evident today and usually always too. 🙂
        Gotten my sunshine and loved every minute…well, ’til had that squamous cell carcinoma cut out of my shoulder last Feb. Thank goodness before the shut down.
        I’m doing well… as I know you’d ask me. It’s from I remember when about 10 years old. getting sun burn blisters about the size of quarters on my shoulders. And many more years in the sun
        Shoulda worn a sombrero. 🙂

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        • audremyers says:

          What’s that old saying? We are grow too soon old and too late smart. You’re certainly not the only who found out the hard way about the sun. I’m grateful that after a couple ‘good’ burns as a young teenager, I got over that sun stuff.

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