This pandemic, and the demands to stay at home, are placing many stresses on us. It’s also created unique opportunities. We get to hit pause on some of the things that have highjacked our lives, stolen our time, and drained our bank accounts. We get to slow down a little and think.
Let me encourage you to make the most of the moment. Such a time might never come again—most likely never will. So stop and smell the roses. Pause and consider the questions of meaning and purpose and life and death and faith and hope and love. Embark on a quest for meaning. See if you can discover a reason, a purpose, a worthwhile destination. Ask questions of God: “Are you there?” “Do you care?” “Can I know you?” “Can you please make yourself known to me?”
I recommend doing some exploration of the Bible. Grab hold of a modern translation, open to one of the four Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, John—and ask questions of Jesus. Explore the Scriptures, do a bit of soul searching, but don’t make it theoretical. Ask the what and the so what.
There is a book in the Bible that examines the big questions of existence, purpose and meaning. It doesn’t provide all the answers, but it sure asks good questions. Taken together with the rest of the Bible, and especially the message of Jesus, it is a word for the season. I’d love to help you get into this unusual part of the Bible, so most days I will be posting a brief video (between 3 and 9 minutes) that exposes this book, explores the matters it raises, and connects with life now.
I invite you to join me in exploring Ecclesiastes together. You can do this on your own or together with others in your household. You might want to watch a video, read over the words in Ecclesiastes, talk together, pray about things… whatever you want really. Feel free to point others to the videos (currently stored on the Salt Church website), share on Facebook, email a friend, use for coffee chats, or ask a friend to check out Ecclesiastes with you.
My hope is that this will be a blessing to you.