My Thoughts On Ecclesiates… So Far.

Ecclesiates is a fairly short book in the Bible.  Easy to read and remember.  At least, I have always thought so.
I have studied it multiple times. In groups and on my own.
Bible study brings back wonderful memories of Sunday’s at church and good family times.
I will go into more detail of previous studies.
Many of which I taught.
Even more with my mom and grandma in Ladies Guild.
I especially loved the ones where Dad and Bobby were there as well.
Good times with family.
Good time with God.
Studying Ecclesiates has never been more appropriate for me than now.
Depression. Illness. Summer. Endless days of rain, heat and humidy. And Bugs.
I feel distant from everyone and everything. Even all of you. Distant from Danny.
From life all around me
Distant from GOD.
MY FATHER.
A wall has been built around me.
Even the trip to Arizona in late September to see my dad, seems unreachable.
Unattainable.
Unlikely.
Even though Danny has already taken 6 weeks off.
The airplane tickets have yet to be bought.
Danny said He’d do it.
I want to PLAN.
I NEED TO GET EXCITED ABOUT SOMETHING. ANYTHING.
I need to see my dad.
I need to get out of this house. Danny and I haven’t been on a vacation in 8 years. Never a real one.
I NEED.

Do I sound a bit like King Solomon who is believed my many to be the author of this wonderful book?
The New Living Translation ..
NLT for short. Chapter 1 Verse 2 Says.
EVERYTHING IS MEANINGLESS.
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“Everything is meaningless ” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless.”
WOW!
That verse is so very true for way too many of us.

Now, while I don’t feel quite that bad, my life hasn’t felt meaningful for a long, long time.
I can’t say everything is MEANINGLESS.
Every day,  no matter how bad I feel or depressed I may be…
I can ALWAYS find something to smile at or about.
Right now, for example…
I am Thankful for the cat sleeping soundly.
I am Thankful that Danny went to bed early.  (For him).
I can always find something
Outside to make me smile.
Even on the hot of days.
( I may not always realize it at the time).

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