Lenten Reflection for March 19

Single apple on the tree

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

To everything there is a season…
And a time for every purpose under heaven

The unique language, syntax, and grammar of Ecclesiastes suggest that the book can be dated between the fifth and third centuries bce.  It is a book that focuses upon the limits and contradictions of life in order to teach wisdom.  From the pinnacle of human success and power, , the writer of Ecclesiastes surveys life and finds it “vanity.”  Even the best life is limited in knowledge, virtue, and power, troubled by evil and injustice, and ultimately ended by death.  Cheery fellow, that Ecclesiastes, don’t you think?  And yet he (or she!) does manage to capture much of what it means to be human.

The best part of this reading for me is captured in verses 11-15.  God wants me to be happy; to eat, drink and take pleasure in all aspects of my life.  No word about guilt.  No word about eating from the four food groups to stay healthy.  No admonition to repent.  Just to “be happy.”  I can sure buy into that philosophy.

By Heather Strong


Gracious and loving God, who is Ecclesiastes?  Whoever he is, he does manage to capture a snapshot glimpse of our human condition.  Thank you for the wisdom that comes to us from those have lived so long ago, but who continue to speak to us in our modern world.   AMEN


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