Rainy days can be fun, but when the rain continues for several days, I often head out to see what I can photograph even though I have to dodge showers. This was the case this past Sunday. For some reason (I have no clue why) this scene reminded me of several verses in Ecclesiastes.

Maybe it comes from the memory of visiting this garden in various seasons, “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. . . . A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted. . . .  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. . . . A time to search, and a time to give up as lost; a time to keep, and a time to throw away. A time to tear apart, and a time to sew together; a time to be silent, and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 2: 3-8 not all verses included).

And here’s another favorite verse from that same book: “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).

“Friendship is unnecessary,” wrote C. S. Lewis, “like philosophy, like art. . . . It gives no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”