You can have joy in the midst of hard times – Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, Part 4

Do you ever struggle to find joy in life? I’m writing this in September 2020, and it feels difficult to have joy. We’ve been in a global pandemic, Covid-19, and nearing 200,000 deaths since March. Wildfires ravaged the west coast of the USA, while hurricanes flood the south. Partisan politics have made the presidential electionContinue reading “You can have joy in the midst of hard times – Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, Part 4”

Surfing, the Law of Undulation, and how to handle life’s extremes – Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, Part 3

I’ve never been surfing, but it looks really fun. Riding a wave must be thrilling. I imagine, though, that successful attempts only follow many failed ones. Ups and downs, like the waves. I suspect that surfing is a study in extremes, from the bliss of great ride, to the suffering of a rough crash. InContinue reading “Surfing, the Law of Undulation, and how to handle life’s extremes – Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, Part 3”

How our family pets taught us about the extremes in life – Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, Part 2

When she was about 7 years old, we got our daughter Meagan a floppy-eared rabbit named Bun Bun which we kept in a hutch outside on our side deck.  Every day before school, Meg would go out there to peek on Bun Bun, say Hi, and see how her rabbit was doing.  There really wasn’tContinue reading “How our family pets taught us about the extremes in life – Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, Part 2”

What song is the number one hit with the oldest lyrics in the history of the US Billboard charts? – Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, Part 1

How many of you have felt the tension that life in 2020 is leaving you pulled in opposing directions?  For example, we have the most advanced medical technology in history, and yet a global pandemic has killed hundreds of thousands.  Or we could be considered the most relationally-connected society in history, especially considering internet andContinue reading “What song is the number one hit with the oldest lyrics in the history of the US Billboard charts? – Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, Part 1”