Stones have many representations in the Scripture. They can be the foundation of a building, temples and altars in particular, and can be the means by which others are judged. In the first part of this verse, we see that there is a time to cast away stones. In Strong's Concordance, stones refers to weight. There is a time to cast off those things that are weighing us down. Broken relationships, living in lack, guilt, the weight of sin and so on need to be tossed off. Don't let Satan keep that weight on you!
There is also a time to gather stones. No, not the ones that weigh on us and become burdens, but those stones that build a strong foundation in the Word and in knowing God's will for our lives!
The next part had me questioning just what the author was trying to say. A time to hug (if we consider an embrace a hug) and a time not to hug? Well, just what does that mean? I again turned to the concordance for an idea as to what was meant. Get this...one meaning is truly to hug, embrace. Another meaning is to fold one's hands in idleness. In other words, there is a time to sit still and a time to get up and do something! Isn't that exciting?!
What do you think this verse is saying? I would like to hear your thoughts!