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Ecclesiastes for Everyday: Day 13

4 Again I saw all the oppressions that are practiced under the sun. Look, the tears of the oppressed—with no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power—with no one to comfort them. 2 And I thought … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes for Everyday: Day 12

    16 I saw something else under the sun: in the place of justice, there was wickedness; and in the place of what was right, there was wickedness again!  17 I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes for Everyday: Day Eleven

9 What gain have the workers from their toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with. 11 He has made everything beautiful for its time; moreover he has put a sense of eternity into … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes for Everyday: Day Eight

18 I hated all my toil in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to those who come after me 19 —and who knows whether they will be wise or foolish? Yet they will be master … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes for Everyday: Day Five

  2 I said to myself, “Come now, I will make a test of pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But again, this also was mere breath. 2 I said of mirth, “It is wild revelry,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?” 3 I searched … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes for Everyday: Day 4

16 I said to myself, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 And I applied my mind to know wisdom and to know revelry … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes for Everyday: Day 3

There is nothing new under the sun. 10 Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has already been, in the ages before us. 11 The people of long ago are not remembered, nor … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes for Everyday: Day 2

  All my life’s a circle… 3 What do people gain from all the toil at which they toil under the sun? 4 A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. 5 The sun rises and the sun goes … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes for Everyone: Day One, Ash Wednesday

 1 The words of Qohelet [the Teacher/Preacher][i], David’s son[ii], king in Jerusalem: 2 Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, Vanity of vanities. All is vanity.     In Percy Shelley’s poem Ozymandias, a traveler tells that he saw a ruined statue in … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes for Everyone: A Lenten Devotional

Introduction Every Ash Wednesday, when I mark the cross with ashes on the foreheads of my parishioners, I say, “From ashes you have come, to ashes you will return.” It is not something I say lightly or easily. I wish … Continue reading

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