To Everything There is a Reason

Thomas L. Petty, M.D.

Professor of Medicine, 
University of Colorado

Chairman, National Lung Health Education Program (NLHEP)


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To Everything There is a Reason;

November 1997
PEP Pioneers
Second Wind
Torrance, California

     Dear Friends!

     When I travel, I often read the Bible which is always on the bedside table, either in the first drawer or sometimes on top of the table. I suspect that its location, either concealed or visible, has to do with the person who put it there.

     Today, the marker was on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. I have read this on many occasions and it is a favorite, amongst many. It begins:

     "To everything there is a season; and a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck what has been planted"

     This lovely message continues:

     "A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to cast away stone and a time to gather stones together . . .
A time to get and a time to lose; a time to keep silent and a time to speak."

     At this time of Thanksgiving, may I respectfully submit that it is time to love and to live.

     Happy Thanksgiving.

     Your friend,

    Thomas Petty, MD

Last update:
17 March 2002