A Dress for Every Season

Navy silk, perfectly tailored

A gift from my husband

Bought for a time of rejoicing:

the wedding of a dear little-sister-friend.

 

And oh how beautifully the bride shone

Surrounded by friends and family

Saying goodbye to a familiar past

And yes to the love of her life.

 

“Place me like a seal over your heart,

like a seal on your arm;

for love is as strong as death,

its jealousy unyielding as the grave.

 

It burns like blazing fire,

like a mighty flame.

Many waters cannot quench love;

rivers cannot sweep it away.”

 

Tears of deep joy stained the silk

And muddled the sight

Of these sacred words

Read to all.

 

Today I wore the same dress

For a time of weeping:

The funeral of the husband

Of a dear big-sister-friend.

 

And oh how brokenly the widow wept

Surrounded by friends and family

Saying goodbye to the love of her life

And yes to an unknown future.

 

“For everything there is a season,

 a time for every activity under heaven.

A time to grieve and a time to dance…

A time to be quiet and a time to speak…

 

Yet God has made everything beautiful 

for its own time.

He has planted eternity 

in the human heart…” 

 

Tears of deep sorrow stained the silk

And watered the pages

Of these sacred words

Read to all.

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