This week we take a closer look at Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Nearly everyone knows this text. If they don't, they probably know Pete Seeger's song (made famous by The Byrds) which uses lines from this text.
In my sermon this week, I suggested that the best way to handle the fact that seasons in life change (sometimes for ill and sometimes for good), is to navigate each season of life with God. The advice of others, though well-meaning, may not always be the best advice to follow. Better to navigate with God and God's provisions since it is God who knows us best and knows what is best for us.
In this week's post, I'll explore other possible themes that emerge from this text. I hope you enjoy it.
Blessings to you,
The author of the book of Ecclesiastes can rightly be described as a realist. He is very aware of the world he lives in with all its inconsistency, uncertainty and unpredictability. His teachings explore the traditional religious ideas of his day as they relate to his contemporary world.
The name of the book (Ecclesiastes) derives from a Greek translation of Hebrew words that mean "to gather" or "an assembly." It may refer to an officer of an assembly who gathers people together for instruction and learning. Thus, teacher or preacher may be good words to describe this person and his role.
P.S. Here is the link I told you I'd include that will take you to a timeline showing events that would have been happening over the years Ecclesiastes was most likely
written (3rd Century BCE).
Meet the Fourth Family
To Meet the Cuenca Family, click on the link below:
Please remember the good folks of Fourth in your prayers. Here's a list of those we've been remembering:
Dennis and Joan Little's friend Dennis Tomberlin
Dennis and Joan Little's friends and mission workers in Cameroon, Richard and Debbie
Dennis and Joan Little - family situations and concerns
Bill & Ruthie Brent ask for prayers for Debbie (a specialist has been called), Jeff and Loretta
Bill and Ruthie Brent also ask for prayers for their friend Ronnie Judd who has had a heart
attack in the midst of his other health issues.
Bill & Ruthie ask for prayers for Bill's step-granddaughter who has stage 4 cancer and is now in hospice care. Please pray for Bill, too, as this is very distressing news for him.
Pat Gould ask for prayers for her friend Tammy's husband
Jan Merrick asks for prayers for friends Karen and Jim. Jim is battling health issues
Michaelle and Larry Steier's son John - health issues
Margaret Lewis - Health issues. Prayers, too, for Alex.
Peggy Garlinger's son who has been diagnosed with covid-19
Nancy Wright's friend Susannah Lindsay with cancer. Also for Susannah's sons.
Paula Owen's niece Abby and her daughter Nik - tested positive for covid-19.
Naiser Family asks for prayers for their friend Dillon Frost. Dillon is still in the hospital.
A little Giving informatioN
Below is a note that came from Kroger regarding Community Rewards points. Fourth receives about $140 every four months from the Community Rewards program. If you would like to sign-up and help Fourth Presbyterian each time you purchase at Kroger, we would greatly appreciate the support. If you need help signing up, Jane and Robin stand ready to assist you. Now here's the letter from Kroger: