Miss Erika brought it again this week as she shared with us her thoughts on holding loosely. It led to an interesting discussion of idolatry — what is an idol? how would you know if you had one? how would you go about getting rid of it — or would you want to? Hope you are reading along with us as we dig into Ecclesiastes. Next week’s topic is loving deeply, and Ecclesiastes chapter 7.
Have y’all met Michele Morin, or her blog, Living Our Days? Of course, with a name like that you know I’m going to love it, right? She posts beautiful thoughts and a wide variety of reviews, and I am honored that she reviewed my book today.
It’s funny how 100 readers of a book notice or dwell on 100 different things. Michele’ s perspective was great. I love that she stands “ready to be amazed.”
We’re halfway there! So far we have talked about the meaning of life (meaningless, meaningless– or is it?), seeing eternally, wholeheartedness, walking with purpose, compassion, and generosity. Next on the docket, Hold Loosely. (Feel free to sing the 38 Special version if you grew up rollerskating to it.)
Last night we peered into chapter 5 of Ecclesiastes, which ends with this little pearl: “Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God.For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.”
This week we tackled suffering. How do we care passionately in a broken world? What does it mean to have “an abundant life” in the midst of the oppression and injustice around us? How do we get our minds around that? Here are Erika’s thoughts — so encouraging! If you know someone whose life is dedicated to compassionate ministry, battling for justice, or serving Christ in a persecuted place, I encourage you to call them up this week. Ask what it has meant for them to love “the least of these” and how they have seen God work in dark places.