WEEK TWO – EXTENDED REFLECTION OF PASSAGE
Insights on the Seasons of Life – Ecclesiastes 3: 1-4 (NIV)
NOTE FOR GROUP LEADER: With the group, read or listen to the passage again and discuss any or all of the reflection questions. Items needed: Reading passage and questions.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-4 (NIV)
A Time for Everything
3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance…
Questions for reflection and discussion:
- How long ago were you born?
- Where were you born? Who were your parents?
- Where did you live during your life thus far?
- What was your favorite place to live? Why?
- Tell us about your family – parents, spouse/s, children, special friends or relatives.
- Who inspired you most?
- Did you work outside the home or at home? What did you do?
- What was your favorite part of your work? Why? What did you enjoy least? Why?
- Share one of the most important and joyful moments of your life? What did you learn from it?
- Share one of the most difficult and challenging moments of your life? What did you learn from it?
- Share something that you feel you accomplished in your life?
- What was something that made you laugh? Something that made you cry? Something that made you want to dance?
- Ecclesiastics says: “There is a timefor everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” In reviewing your life, how would you summarize the seasons of your life in four words? What would they be? Complete the following sentence: During the seasons of my life, I have experienced a time to….. and a time to …..; a time to ….. and a time to …..”
NOTE TO GROUP LEADER: At the end of the session, you may want to allow the group to have a few moments for open commentary and thoughts about the session and what it may have meant for them.