“a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to keep from embracing.” Ecclesiastes 3:5 (NIV)
Solomon speaks here of God’s actions. He broke apart the Hebrew nation scattering the 12 tribes of Israel and, at the same time keeping into two kingdoms. One of those tribes survived and even that tribe was scattered for several generations. In May 1948, Jewish people, returning to the “homeland,” created the modern state of Israel.
When Christ Jesus returns to earth, He will gather His people back into the New Jerusalem.
As God’s children, we receive instruction to love one another, even our neighbors, as much as we love ourselves. We sometimes show that love by hugging or embracing one another. However, there are times we are not to show our agape love in this way. We commit to pray for them. Often, we may have to perform some type of work for another—snow removal, raking leaves, washing windows, washing dishes, or cooking a meal. We still have love but it is a working love.