Sunday, October 7, 2012

Ecclesiastes

Most Sundays I do my Bible reading and then go on a little photo excursion to take some pictures that correspond with the words I read... but today I am not offering my own photographs to you on this blog.

Today, instead, I want to pay tribute to the man in this video, and to our church pastor, Dr. David denHartog, who introduced our congregation to this video this morning. Please watch.



Also I wanted to take this opportunity to tell all the people in my life that I love them VERY much and that I appreciate all the millions of things they do or have done for me. I hope that I am making a positive difference, in your life, too.

And now, for my Bible reading: today while reading through Ecclesiastes, I was especially touched by two passages.

The first, of course, you probably already know:
"Everything on earth 
has its own time 
and its own season. 
There is a time 
for birth and death, 
planting and reaping, 
for killing and healing, 
destroying and building, 
for crying and laughing, 
weeping and dancing, 
for throwing stones 
and gathering stones, 
embracing and parting. 
There is a time 
for finding and losing, 
keeping and giving, 
for tearing and sewing, 
listening and speaking. 
There is also a time 
for love and hate, 
for war and peace." - Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Also, having just finished hearing a series of sermons about Biblical love (yes, Pastor Dave, we hear you, and we remember what you say), I am struck by this verse: '...Some people don't have friends or family. But they are never satisfied with what they own, and they never stop working to get more. They should ask themselves, "Why am I always working to have more? Who will get what I leave behind?" What a senseless and miserable life!' - Ecclesiastes 4:8

It is better to have a friend... and love the people around you... than to have all the riches in the world.

(p.s. Dear family: I love you. Dear Granny and sweet Aunt Joy: I miss you.)