This morning the sun was warm and Zella was chasing a
particularly heavy stick. My coffee was hot, offering a gentle yet bracing
introduction to the day.
“Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see
the sun.” (The Teacher in Eccl 11:7).
Everything about it was memorable. Everything about the simple meal was
enjoyable. The sky was red and pink and
orange, the lake resting.
“So, if a person lives many years, let him rejoice in
them all; but let him remember that the days of darkness will be many.” (The Teacher in Eccl 11:8).
The Teacher helps life slow down. Can we do that? Slow down and see life?
“The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the
shouting of a ruler among fools.” (The Teacher in Eccl 9:17).
The Teacher can at times be a bit of a buzz kill. Snapping us back to reality with all the
complexities of life; that sometimes good and sometimes bad are indiscriminate
agents seeking a place to reside. The
Teacher is also clear, life is to be enjoyed, “Go eat your bread with joy...
enjoy life with the wife whom you love… whatever your hand finds to do, do it
with all your might…” (Eccl
And we are left with a description of life that is
descriptive of the life that we experience.
And isn’t it enough to know that what we are experiencing is not some
strange life anomaly but as common and predictable (?) as the sun rising or the
brilliance of the stars in the deep watches of the night? Putting it another way: life will be brilliant, life will be decimating. The
Teacher’s solution, “Fear God and keep his commands, for this is the whole
duty of man.” (Eccl 12:13).
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options. Please be safe out there. Please be respectful of others, especially when
we disagree. Don’t let this thing, this
challenge rob us of this responsibility: “Everyone who believes that Jesus
is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves
whoever has been born of him.” (1 John 5:1)
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Can we allow ourselves the space necessary to say this is so
I pray we will be sustained, encouraged, filled with the
Peace to you, I miss you.