August 30, 2015
“Vanity of Vanities” the Teacher says.
All is vanity.
Generations come and go.
People come and go.
Days, weeks, and before we know it, even years,
Roll by one into the next.
In two days it will be September!
Where did the summer go?
What will make us say to ourselves,
Pay attention before yet another day is gone!”?
Ecclesiastes, part of the Old Testament
Known as ‘wisdom’ literature,
is told from the perspective of a wise old person,
Known as the “teacher.”
The teacher looks back over his or her life,
And shares some things he/she has learned.
One of the things this wise teacher has learned,
Is that time passes quickly..too quickly
Spending that time mindlessly …
striving after things that won’t last – riches, pleasure, success, and even wisdom
according to the teacher,
Is like chasing after the wind. (Lutheran Study Bible)
One of the things that stops me from chasing after the wind…
One of the things that derails me, stops me up short,,
Pulls me back from a life just chugging along day after day…
One of the things that re-centers me