by George H. Morrison

Rending and Sewing
George H. Morrison
Ecclesiastes 3:7

These words occur in a discourse upon timeliness, couched in the vivid language of the Oriental. They teach us that quite invaluable lesson that for everything under heaven there is a time. Men have often noted the timeliness of Jesus as one of the striking features of His life. At that time Jesus answered and said, and the time is always exquisitely chosen. He knew, for He had learned it from His Father, that for everything under heaven there is a time, and that in its own time everything is beautiful. The right word may be wrong at the wrong hour. The fitting action must have its fitting moment. God has made everything beautiful in its time, and out of its time the fairest may be ugly. There is a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to rend and a time to sew; there is a time to be born and a time to die. The words, then, of our text tonight are these-there is a time to rend and a time to sew. I have chosen them because they seem to me to give vivid expression to a law of progress. And on that law I should like to dwell a little, keeping close to the imagery of our passage, and trying to illustrate it in various spheres.

There is a time to rend and a time to sew: think first, then, of the world that lies around us. It has been rent by the hand of the Creator into all its infinite variety of beauty. There is one great word that runs like a refrain through the opening chapters of the book of Genesis. It is the word divide-"and God divided" is like the chorus of the creation story. He rent the luminous ether into stars; He rent the veil of night and waked the dawn; He rent the land into the snowy peaks and into the valleys where the rivers flow. There is a proverb that says "divide and conquer," and we may say that God divided and conquered. He divided night from day, and sun from moon, and conquered chaos and gave a world of beauty. But the singular thing about that world of beauty is that no man thi ...

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