Nancy Pelosi: ‘Let Us Recall the Words of Ecclesiastes: to Everything, There Is a Season’

By CNSNews.com Staff | November 30, 2020 | 11:04am EST
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(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - In a Thanksgiving “Dear Colleague” letter to her fellow members of the House of Representatives, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) cited the third chapter of the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes.

“During this extraordinarily challenging time, we must have empathy and compassion for all who are suffering,” said Pelosi

“We have a moral imperative to help them in a meaningful way,” she said. 

“Let us recall the words of Ecclesiastes: to everything, there is a season, a time for every purpose under the heavens: a time to heal,” Pelosi said. “Together, let us honor our solemn and urgent responsibility to ensure that this is ‘a time to heal.’

“Today and always, we thank God for blessing America with the greatness of the vision of our Founders and the courage of our heroes in uniform and their families,” she said.

The Biblical passage Pelosi was alluding to is from Ecclesiastes 3. The first ten verses of that chapter say:

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.”

Here is the full text of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Thanksgiving “Dear Colleague” letter:

“Dear Colleague,

“Thanksgiving is a beautiful, all-American holiday, when our nation gives thanks for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon our great country.

“Tragically, this Thanksgiving comes at a time of immense heartbreak, as our nation mourns the deaths of over 250,000 Americans to the coronavirus.  This vicious virus has torn through all our communities, and on this day in particular, we feel its devastating impacts, as many observe the holiday virtually, without the in-person comforting presence of family and friends.

“During this extraordinarily challenging time, we must have empathy and compassion for all who are suffering.  We have a moral imperative to help them in a meaningful way.  Let us recall the words of Ecclesiastes: to everything, there is a season, a time for every purpose under the heavens: a time to heal.  Together, let us honor our solemn and urgent responsibility to ensure that this is ‘a time to heal.’ 

“Today and always, we thank God for blessing America with the greatness of the vision of our Founders and the courage of our heroes in uniform and their families.

“Best wishes for a hopeful, happy Thanksgiving.”

 

 

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