Life under the sun


Why is there such a mismatch between what we hope to gain through success and what we actually get and how can we really gain pleasure?

Ecclesiastes 2:18-23 (9:4b-10)


Life under the sun

This week, we continue to explore the words of the teacher in the first chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes.  He considers what is to be gained through learning a seeking after knowledge to gain wisdom and understanding and concludes that this too is ‘…meaningless, a chasing after the wind.’


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All creation groans

Hands up anyone who wants this whole Covid-19 thing just to end, be over, be gone? Time is moving on, people are getting twitchy, the novelty has well and truly worn off and disillusionment has taken its place. The good news we are so desperate for seems to be undone in a moment with another grim statistic and so the words of Romans 8 seem more relevant than ever, ‘the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains…’ Today we give voice to our groaning and listen for God’s response.


‘When in Rome…’

So he’s made it, albeit that its been quite a journey. Paul has reached his final destination. His luggage is worn, his passport over-flowing with stamps and visas and the experiences of the past 20 years have taught him to greet every jobs-worth official and border guard with patience and a wry smile. Now one of the great minds of the ancient world who is about to face one final test, the highest court. Yet we find a man who is content, composed: for Paul has nothing to lose & nothing to prove.

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