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All In Its Time 

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Based on the book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3. Originally written  
for the Phoenix Association of Pastoral Ministers of Care.  
Copyright 1992, 1997 Sean Buvala. All rights reserved. Permission is  
granted for performance in local church settings only. Diocesan,  
national, regional or professional performances must request  
permission from the "Center for Creative Ministry, 2836 N. 55  
Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85035. (602) 245-1986."  

Scripture is adapted   from the Holy Bible,  
New International Version, Copyright 1984,  
The International Bible Society. All rights reserved.  
Notes: Intended to be presented in Reader's Theater style. This  
piece was originally written for those involved in the day-to-day  
care of dependent adults, and the readers #2 and #3, speak as  
those people speak. Readers may be male or female. "No Staging"  
is encouraged. 

1: A proclamation of scripture from the book of Ecclesiastes:   

1: There is a time for everything, and a season for everything we   
must do: a time to be born and a time to die,   

2: "Tell us another of the stories about when you and   
grandpa first got married."   

1: A time to plant and a time to uproot,   

3:"Dad, Michael got a new job and we're moving...   

1: A time to kill and a time to heal,   

3:"No, we won't be taking you with us, you're home is   
here now."   

1: A time to tear down and a time to build,   

2: "All she does is sit in that chair and drool."   

1: A time to weep and a time to laugh,   

2: "Do you remember the time he told us that he was so   
angry with his brother that he cut the tree down his brother was   
hiding in so that he could punch him?"   

1: A time to mourn and a time to dance,   

3: "Grandma, you really used to like that kind of   

1: A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,   

2: "Not one of my brothers and sister will watch Mom   
for even one day."   

1: A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,   

3: "Now remember kids, don't hug Nanna too tight, it   
hurts her arthritis."   

1: A time to search and a time to give up,   

3: "We finally had to put Mom in a home. This is   
probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do."   

1: A time to keep and a time to let go,   

2: "I guess I'm not supposed to but, I really resent   
having to spend all this time on my Dad, I mean when do I get to   
take care of me?"   

1: A time to tear and a time to mend,   

3: "She won't take her medicine like she's supposed   

1: A time to be silent and a time to speak,   

2: "No, Dad, I'm not Jim and you're not living in   
Chicago anymore. How many times do we have to tell you?"   

1: A time to love and a time to hate,   

3: "God, I hate funerals."   

1: A time to struggle and a time to reconcile,   

2: "Mom, I've already come to see you twice this week."   

1: I know that there is nothing better for us than to be happy   
and do good while we live. That everyone may find satisfaction in   
all our toil--this is the gift of God. I know that everything God   
does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing   
taken from it. Whatever is has already been, and what will be has   
been before.   


Copyright Paul Surbey 2000 Youth Pastor Holy Trinity Anglican Winnipeg Manitoba

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