Let's Talk About Summer Vacation

by Melissa Slocum

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

Today, let's talk about..

SUMMER VACATION

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

 

A season for everything

3 There’s a season for everything
    and a time for every matter under the heavens:
    a time for giving birth and a time for dying,
    a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted,
    a time for killing and a time for healing,
    a time for tearing down and a time for building up,
    a time for crying and a time for laughing,
    a time for mourning and a time for dancing,
    a time for throwing stones and a time for gathering stones,
    a time for embracing and a time for avoiding embraces,
    a time for searching and a time for losing,
    a time for keeping and a time for throwing away,
    a time for tearing and a time for repairing,
    a time for keeping silent and a time for speaking,
    a time for loving and a time for hating,
    a time for war and a time for peace

Key Verse:

There’s a season for everything and a time for every matter under the heavens: —Ecclesiastes 3:1

 

Commentary:

As early as the Creation accounts in Scripture we see God initiate a day of rest or sabbath during which humans were meant to refrain from work. The same was true with seasonal celebrations or festivals that God established. The writer of Ecclesiastes was wise about the cyclical and temporary nature of all things. Though summer break was not included in the biblical list specifically, it is easy to see how it would fit in. We need to work and go to school in order to appreciate not working and not going to school. Summer break is an opportunity to rest, a season to enjoy different activities and follow different schedules.

 

Questions to discuss:

How do seasonal weather changes affect our activities?

How can seasonal changes be good for us?

How is sleep different from rest?

 

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