For everything there is a season, and a time for every single thing this side of heaven:
a time to be a baby, and a time for last breaths;
a time to rage incoherently at the state of the world, and a time to tuck yourself into soft blankets and drink ginger tea;
a time to smash the imperialist white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy, and a time to build up the egalitarian, multiracial, anti-racist, environmental, liberationist love movement;
a time to make wishes on dandelions, scattering seeds to the wind, and a time to pluck up new weeds, declare them flowers, and make new wishes;
a time to ugly cry and let the snot drip down, and a time to belly laugh till your sides ache;
a time to grieve dear ones gone to glory, and a time for dance parties even among graves;
a time to deep clean and throw away all the crap that doesn’t spark joy, and a time to collect thrift shop treasures and impractical shoes;
a time to cuddle so close you get tangled up in embraces and can’t tell whose arms are whose, and a time to give each other space, to become your whole selves;
a time to be on the search for what’s next, what’s on its way, and a time to let go of what you always thought you’d have;
a time to recycle what’s ready to go, and a time to upcycle what wants keeping;
a time to shred old files, and a time to stitch up fresh wounds;
a time to get real still and quiet, and a time to yell true things out loud;
a time to love what needs loving, and a time to hate what needs hating;
a time for necessary conflict, holy resistance,
and a time for peace, which steadily persists,
and passes all our understanding.

Rev. Kit Novotny

Rev. Kit Novotny serves as Young Adult Minister at First Church Berkeley, California, United Church of Christ, where she founded "open chapel @ first church," a radically inclusive worship gathering for young adults.

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